Coronavirus deaths in Denmark rise by 18 but hospital admissions fall

Coronavirus deaths in Denmark rise by 18 but hospital admissions fall
A doctor adjusts his visor before performing a mouth swab on a patient to test for the Coronavirus in a new tent extension of Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, on April 2, 2020: AFP
There have been 18 new deaths from the coronavirus in Denmark since Saturday, bringing the national total to 179, according to Statens Serum Institute.

There are now 4369 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Denmark –  292 more than Saturday. 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 fourth day.

As of Sunday, 504 patients were in hospital with the coronavirus in Denmark, three fewer than on Saturday. Of those, 144 were in intensive care, which is two more than Saturday and 107 of those needed a respirator, which is five fewer than Saturday.

The capital region has the most hospital admissions with 230 patients infected with the coronavirus while Northern Jutland has the fewest with 33 admissions.

1327 people have been declared healthy after being infected with the coronavirus.

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 and Friday, the Danish Regions 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.

Last 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.

According to Berlingske and TV2 News, the Prime Minister will talk tomorrow morning at a press conference about how the country can begin to reduce restrictions and take the first steps towards a reopening.

 


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