“We need to discuss whether there are even more effective measures”

Many things in our everyday lives have changed significantly as a result of the corona crisis, and we as Danes must get used to the fact that in the long term there will also be control at the country’s borders to some extent.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) thus emphasizes that part of the strategy to avoid new closures of society is control at the Danish borders – also in a longer perspective. It should prevent new mutations of the coronavirus from entering the country.

She has therefore asked experts to outline the “smartest options”, she says.

The Prime Minister emphasizes that a “sustainable” way must be found to reopen borders – “when the time is right”.

»But it must be done in a way where there is no infection and new mutations in Denmark. Right now we have demands for isolation, and other countries are working with quarantine hotels, and we must of course look at that, “says Mette Frederiksen.

“The crucial thing is not whether we should have open or closed borders, but how we can open the borders in the long term in a way that we do not get new infected and new mutations in.”

How can one realistically ensure that?

“It is at least a massive use of testing, but along the way we also need to discuss whether there are even more effective tools. I do not have the answers here and now. I can just see that it is unsustainable that Denmark and the Danes do everything to keep the situation under control, and then it is undermined by people who come from outside. “

But the open borders we have been used to, will there be measures around in the future?

“When I say that the precondition for reopening both in the short and long term is epidemic control, then of course it also applies to travel activity. Having control of the borders will be absolutely crucial and certainly even more important than we experienced last spring. “

On 13 March last year – just two days after the closure of society – Mette Frederiksen announced at a press conference in the Prime Minister’s Office that Denmark would close all borders on land, at sea and in the air the following day.

»Everything we do here at home, all the precautions that are taken, all the decisions we make, we risk being undermined if we continue the travel activity in and out of Denmark. Because it increases the risk of continued infection, “said the Prime Minister in this connection.

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