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Coronavirus in Denmark: These are the recommendations for using public transport

Authorities in Denmark have advised people in the country to avoid using public transport where possible in a measure aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus in Denmark: These are the recommendations for using public transport
Nørreport Station on March 10th. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Guidelines have also been provided to people taking buses, trains and metros in the country.

At the time of writing, 156 people in Denmark have tested positive for coronavirus. Of these, 7 are currently admitted to hospital, although none are in intensive care, Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke said at a Tuesday press briefing.

But the situation is susceptible to change and intensive care places at hospitals are being adjusted upwards, the minister also said.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in comments reported by DR that the country’s population must take the situation seriously.

“We must take it seriously because the virus spreads quickly – faster than influenza,” the PM said.

“Everyone needs to change their behaviour and protect people for whom coronavirus could be even more serious,” she said.

According to the WHO, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes appear to be more at risk of developing serious illness if they catch coronavirus or Covid-19. About 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care, according to the World Health Organization.

Frederiksen said Denmark faces to possibility of capacity shortages “with regard to equipment, respirators and medical personnel” should an outbreak become more widespread.

Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) director Søren Brostrøm noted meanwhile that many of the cases so far in Denmark had affected healthy people who have a good basis for recovery.

But the virus will eventually begin to impact more vulnerable segments of society and should therefore not be underestimated, Brostrøm said according to DR.

READ ALSO: Denmark bans flights from northern Italy, coronavirus infections rise to 156

A specific area in which the public has been encouraged to change its behaviour to hinder coronavirus spread is public transport.

In a press statement, the Ministry of Transport and Housing encouraged avoiding peak periods if possible, to reduce crowds.

That could be done be coming into work later, for example.

“For a lot of people, public transport is part of everyday life where you stand or sit close to other people,” transport minister Benny Engelbrecht said.

“Therefore, in the current situation with coronavirus, we urge commuters to be considerate of each other and especially towards the elderly fellow travellers,” the minister said.

These are the five actions encouraged for people making public transport journeys in Denmark.

1. Walk or cycle for shorter trips

If you have a short journey, consider cycling or walking and thereby avoiding public transport.

2. Travel outside peak time

Consider making your journey outside of rush hour, for example by moving your appointment or arriving at work a little sooner or later than normal.

3. Be considerate towards other passengers

Do not cough and sneeze in the direction of other passengers. If you need to cough or sneeze, do it into the bend of your elbow or in a disposable tissue. Be extra careful not to cough or sneeze towards near older passengers.

4. Don't forget to wash your hands

Good and thorough hand hygiene is effective in prevention of coronavirus infection.

You can read more about general hygiene advice in our paywall-free information article, which also contains the latest news on the coronavirus situation as it develops in Denmark. The article is updated daily.

5. Do not take public transport if you are ill or think you might be infected

If you feel ill or suspect that you might be infected, be considerate to others by not traveling on public transport at all.

Meanwhile, Copenhagen’s Metro Company is to put more carriages into use as well as increase frequency of trains in order to increase capacity and therefore the space between passengers on board, DR writes.

The company also stated that it is increasing cleaning of handles and straps on board trains.

National rail operator DSB has offered to refund customers who have purchased tickets but have now changed their mind about travelling due to coronavirus, the company said on its website.


The Danish Patient Safety Authority is currently offering a number of helplines for people affected by the coronavirus.

People in home quarantine can contact the authority with questions of a practical nature between 9am and 10pm. The relevant telephone numbers are 72 22 74 28 (Copenhagen and Zealand regions); 70 20 21 77 (Central and North Jutland regions); and 29 31 98 63 (South Denmark region).

A hotline for both healthcare workers and the general public who have questions about coronavirus has also been set up. The number for this is 70 20 02 33.

Health authorities in Denmark and elsewhere are worried about potentially infected people turning up at hospitals and passing on the virus.

Therefore, you should always start by contacting your doctor by telephone. Remember to state that you have been in an area of infection, if this is the case.

You can read more about symptoms and who to contact in our paywall-free information article.

You can keep up to date with coronavirus situation in Denmark via this article, which also includes official guidelines on the everyday precautions you can take and what to do and who to contact if you have travelled to outbreak areas or are concerned about symptoms. The article will be updated on an ongoing basis.

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IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

The number of new Covid-19 infections fell on Saturday for the second day in a row, following a three-day plateau at the start of last week. Has the omicron wave peaked?

IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?
Graffiti in the Copenhagen hippy enclave of Christiania complaining of Omicron's impact on Christmas. Photo: Philip Davali/Scanpix

How many cases, hospitalisations and deaths are there in Denmark? 

Denmark registered 12,588 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, down from the 18,261 registered on in the day leading up to Friday at 2pm, which was itself a decline from the record 28,283 cases recorded on Wednesday. 

The cases were identified by a total of 174,517 PCR tests, bringing the positive percentage to 7.21 percent, down from the sky high rates of close to 12 percent seen in the first few days of January. 

The number of cases over the past seven days is lower than the week before in almost every municipality in Denmark, with only Vallensbæk, Aarhus, Holseterbro, Skanderborg, Hjørring, Vordingborg,  Ringkøbing, Kolding, Assens, Horsens, Thisted, and Langeland reporting rises. 

Hospitalisations have also started to fall, with some 730 patients being treated for Covid-10 on Saturday, down from 755 on Friday. On Tuesday, 794 were being treated for Covid-19 in Danish hospitals, the highest number since the peak of the 2020-21 winter wave.

The only marker which has not yet started to fall is the number of deaths, which tends to trail infections and hospitalisations. 

In the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, Denmark registered 28 deaths with Covid-19, the highest daily number recorded since 20 January 2021, when 29 people died with Covid-19 (although Denmark’s deadliest day was the 19 January 2021, when 39 people died). 

How does Denmark compare to other countries in Europe? 

Over the last seven days, Denmark has had the highest Covid-19 case rate of any country in Europe bar Ireland. The number of new infections in the country has climbed steadily since the start of December, apart from a brief fall over Christmas. 

So does this mean the omicron wave has peaked? 

Maybe, although experts are not sure. 

“Of course, you can hope for that, but I’m not sure that is the case,” said Christian Wejse, head of the Department for Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital. “I think it is too early to conclude that the epidemic has peaked.”

He said that patients with the Omicron variant were being discharged more rapidly on average than had been the case with those who had the more dangerous Delta variant. 

“Many admissions are relatively short-lived, thankfully. This is because many do not become that il, and are largely hospitalized because they are suffering with something else. And if they are stable and do not need oxygen, then they are quickly discharged again.” 

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a visit to an event held by the Social Liberal party that the latest numbers made her even more optimistic about the coming month. 

“We have lower infection numbers and the number of hospitalisations is also plateauing,” she said. “I think we’re going to get through this winter pretty well, even if it will be a difficult time for a lot of people, and we are beginning to see the spring ahead of us, so I’m actually very optimistic.” 

She said that she had been encouraged by the fact that Omicron was a “visibly less dangerous variant if it is not allowed to explode.”