Denmark Plans Partial Lockdown of Main Cities After Record Cases

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Denmark plans to announce a partial lockdown of its biggest cities, including the capital Copenhagen, after a record spike in coronavirus cases over the weekend.

“We are targeting the areas where the disease is most widespread,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said late on Sunday in a video on her Facebook page. She said stricter measures now might make it possible for Danes to celebrate Christmas with their relatives.

Besides the capital, Denmark’s second and third-largest cities — Odense and Aarhus — as well as municipalities close to Copenhagen will all be placed under a partial lockdown, the prime minister said. The government plans to make a formal announcement on Monday, when it will provide more details, she said.

“Our strategy is unchanged,” Frederiksen said. “We need to act quickly so we can avoid a more severe lockdown at a later stage.”

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Denmark registered more than 3,800 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, with Saturday’s tally marking the highest number of daily infections since the country was first hit by the pandemic.

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