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Denmark Announces First Coronavirus Death, Closes Borders

This photograph taken on February 6, 2020, exhibits a laboratory technician engaged on samples from folks to be examined for the brand new coronavirus at ‘Fire Eye’ laboratory in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. BGI Group, a genome sequencing firm primarily based in southern China, stated it opened on February 5 a lab in Wuhan in a position to take a look at as much as 10,000 folks per day for the virus.


Denmark on Saturday recorded its first coronavirus demise because it closed its borders to foreigners with the intention to gradual the unfold of the illness.

The fatality “was a person aged 81 years who was hospitalized for other serious illnesses,” stated officers on the hospital the place the affected person was handled.

The demise is the fifth COVID-19 fatality within the Nordic international locations. Two folks have already died in Sweden and two in Norway.

Denmark additionally turned the most recent nation to take dramatic steps to cease the unfold of the COVID-19 illness, closing its borders to all non-resident foreigners for a month.

“All tourists and foreigners who cannot prove that they have a valid reason to come to Denmark will not be allowed to enter,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen stated Friday when the ban was introduced.

Police stated that round 20 folks had been refused entry after the measure got here into impact at midday Saturday (1100 GMT).

At Copenhagen airport, passengers stated that strict controls had been in place for these coming into the nation.

Solely Danes and different everlasting residents had been let by, in addition to others with a “compelling reason” to come back into the nation.

Commerce imports and exports should not affected.

The federal government on Wednesday unveiled a string of measures to restrict the influence of the pandemic, which has now seen greater than 150,000 worldwide contaminated with COVID-19 and brought on over 5,000 deaths.

Colleges, universities and libraries have been closed in Denmark and civil servants have been requested to remain at dwelling.

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