Research has shown that only 1% of Danes who come in contact with the coronavirus have acquired immunity to it, which means that the possibility of a second wave of the epidemic remains.
The research was presented by SSI, a service affiliated with the Ministry of Health and is responsible for controlling infectious diseases. It was announced the day the Danish MPs agreed on the next phase of the lockdown.
Of the 2,500 Danes selected for the study, 1,701 have so far been tested for COVID-19 antibodies, the SSI explained. Only 12 were positive, 1.1%.
The agency stressed that these are preliminary results and that many technical factors do not allow to estimate whether they can be generalized to the entire population of Denmark.
Experts questioned by state radio and television DR have already said the results are worrying and show that Denmark is vulnerable to a recurrence of the COVID-19 epidemic.
“Collectively, there is no immunity, and that means there is a possibility of a re-emergence of the epidemic,” said Professor Jens Lundgren, an infectious disease specialist at Rigshospitalet, one of Denmark’s main hospitals.
So far, 11,117 cases of coronary heart disease and 554 deaths have been reported in Denmark.
The parliamentary parties decided yesterday on the next phase of the country’s opening after the lockdown. On April 15, kindergartens and kindergartens began to open, while classes in the first grades of primary school began again, with the implementation of strict measures of hygiene and social distance.
High schools opened this week and then cinemas, zoos and museums will open.