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Denmark starts testing everyone with symptoms for coronavirus

Denmark will now test anyone with respiratory symptoms for coronavirus, with the country setting testing centres in tents in towns and cities across the country.

Denmark starts testing everyone with symptoms for coronavirus
A Covid-19 testing centre being erected in Aarhus. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
“Call if you have symptoms. Then we can test and then we can stop the chains of infection,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
 
“If you have dry cough, breathing problems, call your doctor. Or call the doctor if it is outside working hours. Then you will be visited to have a test.” 
 
White tents marked 'Covid-19 Test Centre' began springing up over the weekend in all of the country's major cities, but the authorities have refused to explain what they are for. 
 
 
On Monday Heunicke announced that the tents would be used for carrying out a massively increased testing program. 
 
“The white tents are part of our test strategy, which in turn is linked to the reopening of Denmark,” he said. “As of today, we are performing pilot tests. We're doing tests right now.”
 
“We have really worked hard to build up test capacity. Now it's there, he said. “People with symptoms just have to call and they can be tested.” 
 
Health Minister Magnus Heunicke announced the new strategy at a press conference on Monday. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

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Covid-19: Denmark halves test capacity due to low infection numbers

Denmark is to cut its Covid-19 testing capacity due to low demand at municipal PCR test centres.

Covid-19: Denmark halves test capacity due to low infection numbers

The daily number of PCR tests at local centres will therefore be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000, the Agency for Critical Supplies (Styrelsen for Forsyningssikkerhed) confirmed in a statement on Monday.

Some test centres are expected to close due to the reduced operations.

“The downscaling is expected to result in a further reduction in the number of test locations, while opening times will be adjusted in the country’s test centres,” the agency said in the statement.

“These adjustments will take place on an ongoing basis,” it added.

Recent months have seen Covid-19 infections receding in Denmark after the winter wave, which was driven by the Omicron variant of the virus.

Health authorities have credited a high level of immunity in the community, due to previous infections, and a high vaccination rate including booster vaccinations, in reducing the spread of the coronavirus throughout the spring.

Covid-19 is also known to be transmitted less during warmer seasons.

The lower number of cases is linked to the reduced demand for testing in Denmark. Last week saw an average of around 5,000 tests administered daily.

The government is expected later this year to present a Covid-19 testing strategy for late 2022 and next winter.

Denmark lifted the majority of its Covid-19 restrictions in February, with final travel restrictions ending in March.

Health authorities now only recommend taking a PCR test for Covid-19 if you have symptoms and are at risk of serious illness should you contract the virus.

Testing is no longer recommended for close contacts of people who have the virus or are suspected to have it.

READ ALSO: Denmark says Covid-19 testing now only needed for ‘special medical reasons’

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