Denmark introduced on Friday that it could shut cinemas, theatres, museums and different public venues in an try and curb record-high COVID-19 circumstances pushed by the extremely transmissible new Omicron variant.
The Scandinavian nation has recorded an all-time excessive of greater than 11,000 circumstances prior to now 24 hours, together with a brand new excessive of greater than 2,500 Omicron circumstances, the federal government mentioned at a press convention.
“Theatres, cinemas, (and) live performance halls are going to have to shut,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen instructed a press convention. “We have to restrict our exercise. All of us have to restrict our social contact,” she mentioned.
The measures introduced on Friday have but to be authorized by parliament.
“Our aim stays to maintain society as open as potential,” mentioned Frederiksen, excluding lockdowns just like the one determined in spring 2020 “as a result of we have now vaccines”.
The nation may also shut different public areas comparable to conference centres and amusement parks.
Bars and eating places will shut at 11:00 pm, with a ban on serving alcohol after 10:00 pm.
The Omicron variant seems to be extra transmissible than the Delta variant however it stays unknown if the infections are extra extreme.