COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark will not raise a limit on public gatherings, originally planned for this month, after seeing a spike in COVID-19 infections, the Danish health ministry said late on Thursday. As part of the Denmark\u2019s gradual reopening following a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the government had planned to raise the limit on public gatherings to 200 people on August 8, up from the current limit of 100 people. \u201cIt is crucial that we maintain the good position Denmark is in, where we have the epidemic under control,\u201d health minister Magnus Heunicke said. The Nordic country\u2019s authority on infectious diseases, Statens Serum Institut, would not recommend lifting the limit, the ministry said, as any easing of public gatherings would increase infection risk. On Tuesday, Denmark\u2019s state epidemiologist had advised against going through with the planned fourth reopening phase, which includes allowing music venues and night clubs to reopen, due to the current infection pressure. In a response, health minister Heunicke said the government would not propose any moves, which were not responsible from a healthcare perspective. \u201cIf that is the authorities\u2019 recommendation, then we will not do it,\u201d Heunicke told public broadcaster DR on Tuesday. The government and parliament are due to discuss the fourth phase of reopening on Aug. 12. Denmark, which has had daily increases in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, was one of the first countries in Europe to gradually lift lockdown restrictions in April after seeing infection rates decline steadily.