New Danish agency will test up to 20,000 people a day for coronavirus

Denmark has launched a new national testing organisation which it hopes will soon be able to test up to 20,000 people a day for coronavirus infections across the country's five regions.

New Danish agency will test up to 20,000 people a day for coronavirus
One of the white tents outside Vejlby-Risskov Hallen in Aarhus. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
“We have worked hard to increase the test capacity since the coronavirus began to spread in Denmark. Now we have built up capacity, and we must fully utilize it,” said Health Minister Magnus Heunicke in a press statement announcing the new organisation. 
TestCenter Danmark — a joint venture between the national government, regional governments, and the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo-Nordisk — will test both those with symptoms for active Covid-19 infections and those without for the antibodies which indicate that someone has already had the virus. 
The testing will take place in the five large white tents already erected in each of Denmark's five regions, which the government said would increase in number as the program is built out. 
“In this way we can ensure timely treatment of citizens infected with COVID-19. And we can follow the development of the infection in the community, and use that knowledge actively when we gradually reopen Denmark,” Heunicke added. 
As well as the tests carried out by TestCenter Danmark, the coutnry's health authorities also plan to massively increase testing so that they can carry out up to 12,000 tests a day on citizens with even mild coronavirus symptoms, all patients admitted to hospitals for any reason, and later on to all employees working in the health and elderly care sectors. 
According to the press release, Denmark's infectious diseases agency SSI will operate the tents, that have been built with the help of a 250 million Danish kroner ($36) grant from the Novo-Nordisk Foundation, which has already funded a range of coronavirus initiatives
Novo Nordisk has also contributed staff and technology for establishing and conducting the tests.
Lars Rebien Sørensen, the chairman of the foundation, said the centres would “create greater security and security for the individual and the people with whom they are socializing, and it can support the gradual reopening of society.”

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Covid-19: Denmark to further reduce PCR testing capacity

The number of daily PCR tests for Covid-19 available in Denmark is to be reduced to 10,000 from August 15th.

Covid-19: Denmark to further reduce PCR testing capacity

A decline in demand for PCR testing for Covid-19 is behind health authorities’ decision to further reduce capacity from 20,000 to 10,000 tests per day.

The Agency for Critical Supplies (Styrelsen for Forsyningssikkerhed) confirmed the change in a statement on Friday.

The reduction is part of the government’s Covid-19 testing strategy for the rest of 2022 and the first three months of 2023.

Last week saw the average number of PCR tests administered daily reached just 4,900.

Testing capacity can be ramped up again should case numbers go up after August 15th, the critical supplies agency said.

From August 15th, all tasks related to the national Covid-19 testing programme come under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.

The Danish Health Authority said on its website that it expects the coronavirus to become a seasonal infection similar to influenza.

“We must expect many to be infected with Covid-19 during the autumn and winter,” the authority writes.