Coronavirus deaths in Denmark rise by 22

Coronavirus deaths in Denmark rise by 22
A doctor performs a mouth swab on a patient to test for Covid-19 in a new tent extension of Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, April 2, 2020: AFP
There have been 22 new deaths from the coronavirus in Denmark since Friday, bringing the national total to 161, according to Statens Serum Institute.

There are now 4077 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Denmark –  320 more than Friday. This figure may be much higher because not everyone with symptoms is tested.

While the number of deaths and confirmed cases have increased, the number of hospital admissions dropped for the third day. As of Saturday, 507 patients were in hospital with coronavirus in Denmark, ten fewer than on Friday. Of those, 142 were in intensive care, one less than Friday and 112 needed a respirator.

Earlier in the week, the Danish Health Authority changed its coronavirus strategy to allow doctors to order tests for those with mild symptoms, if they live with vulnerable people or are for some reason unable or unlikely to self-isolate.

Currently, the country is testing only those with moderate to severe symptoms, those in risk groups such as the elderly and chronically ill, and health personnel.

Helene Bilsted Probst, who runs the authority's planning department, told Danish public broadcaster DR on Thursday that she believed the new guidelines could more than triple the number of tests carried out. 

On Thursday, the Danish Regions for the first time achieved its ambition to conduct at least 5000 coronavirus tests per day. The number is expected to increase to 10,000 next week and after Easter the aim is to test 15,000 patients per day.

On Monday, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced that Denmark will be able to begin “a gradual, quiet and controlled opening” after Easter, if numbers remain stable and people adhere to distancing advice.


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