Denmark eases Covid-19 guidelines to schools

In Denmark, health and education officials have decided to ease Covid-19 guidelines to schools so that pupils will no longer be sent home to self-isolate, if they have come into close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, Danish news portal reports.
On Monday, September 6, the new guidelines were confirmed by the Danish Health Authority. «From now on it will only be the infected [children] who will have to go into self-isolation. Children who are close contacts are recommended testing so they can stay at their school or daycare,» the authority stated.
In Denmark, the new rules will replace the existing practice of sending close contacts home from schools. Unvaccinated pupils, who have not previously recovered from the virus are now asked to take a coronavirus test of any kind as soon as possible and two additional PCR tests, on the fourth and seventh day counting from the suspected contact.
«The new guidelines will primarily mean that we will avoid so many children being sent home since they will from now on be able to take a rapid test at school in immediate response to a classmate being infected,» commented Danish Education Minister Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil. According to her, the new guidelines will go into effect as soon as possible, reports.
High vaccination coverage
By the end August, 83% of Denmark’s adult population had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the data of the EU European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Indicate.