Denmark registers second day with over 20,000 new Covid-19 cases

The last day saw 21,403 new cases of Covid-19 recorded by Denmark’s national infectious disease agency.

High Covid-19 infection rates are casting a shadow over the end of 2021 in Denmark. People queue for testing in Copenhagen on December 16th.
High Covid-19 infection rates are casting a shadow over the end of 2021 in Denmark. People queue for testing in Copenhagen on December 16th. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

The agency, State Serum Institute (SSI) released the updated figures on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday’s figure is the second-highest recorded during the pandemic in Denmark behind the 23,228 recorded 24 hours earlier.

The 21,403 positive results came from 205,153 PCR tests, giving a positivity rate of 10.43 percent. The rate is considerably higher than earlier in the pandemic but roughly in line with and slightly lower than data from the first three days of this week, when it has been between 12 and 13 percent.

High demand means that authorities are currently giving priority for PCR tests to people with symptoms of the virus or who are close contacts to confirmed cases.

A total of 665 people are now in hospital with the coronavirus, 10 fewer than on Wednesday. 178 were admitted during the last day but admissions were outweighed by discharges.

The figure for hospital patients with Covid-19 can include patients in hospital for unrelated reasons who have tested positive for the virus during their stay. These patients still require additional resources due to isolation protocols. SSI said on Thursday that it would from January separate the total for patients in hospital for treatment due to Covid-19.

High discharge numbers are an encouraging sign that patients in hospital with Covid-19 are admitted for shorter periods than in earlier phases of the pandemic, an analyst suggested.

“In the same period last year we had around 4,500 infections per day, which resulted in 900 admitted patients [at the peak, ed.],” Eskild Petersen, professor of infectious diseases at Aarhus University, told news wire Ritzau.

“If you compare today’s admission numbers to the same period last year, it’s clear that we no longer get so ill from the corona virus. That is naturally also thanks to the vaccines,” Petersen said.

The professor also noted that some data suggest the Omicron variant, now dominant in Denmark, does not cause as severe disease as earlier variants.

Around 80 percent of positive tests in Denmark are currently caused by the variant.

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Covid-19: New Danish data indicate subsiding summer wave

A recent increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in Denmark appears to be declining, according to new data issued on Tuesday.

Covid-19: New Danish data indicate subsiding summer wave

The reproduction rate or R-number for the coronavirus is now estimated to be 0.8. A value less than 1.0 indicates a declining epidemic.

The last two weeks have seen the figure estimated at 1.1 and 1.0 as the new BA. 5 subvariant of the Omicron Covid variant became dominant in Denmark.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed the updated number in a social media post and added that samples from sewage water also indicate the virus is now retreating.

“This fits with the picture we are seeing in other countries that have had a wave with BA. 5,” Heunicke wrote.

The observation of the trend in Denmark remains “uncertain” for the time being, he also noted.

University of Copenhagen Professor of Virology Allan Randrup Thomsen called the weekly number “very positive”.

“It seems as though [the subvariant growth] has stabilised,” Thomsen said.

“We’ve been unsure about how it was going with this summer wave and how high it will go,” he said.

People in Denmark can “generally relax and enjoy the summer,” he said.

“But I would still recommend those in vulnerable groups to accept the offer of an extra vaccine booster,” he added.