Denmark warned as Covid-19 cases see weekly increase

An increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has been registered in Denmark.

Denmark warned as Covid-19 cases see weekly increase
Danish Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

The country’s minister for health, Magnus Heunicke, said that there is no evidence of a major outbreak but has advised the public to remember “good habits” to keep infection numbers low.

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The week commencing July 13th saw 240 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Denmark, compared to 169 and 123 in the two preceding weeks.

Heunicke encouraged the public to maintain hygiene precautions in a message posted on Facebook, but also said the virus remained “under control” in the country.

“Maybe it has gone so well that we’ve not started to slack a little on the good habits that well keep the virus down. That must not happen. We must in no way put everything at risk now,” he the minister wrote.

He encouraged the public to maintain distance, disinfect hands, cough and sneeze into the elbow bend, avoid hugging and shaking hands and to remember general good hygiene.

But the “good habits” referred to by Heunicke still do not include mandatory wearing of masks in places such as shops, unlike in many other European countries.

READ ALSO: Could face masks become compulsory in Denmark?

Despite the concerning nature of the weekly data, Heunicke said it was not evidence of a “major outbreak”.

“That is good news, because we are extremely alert about not letting that kind of thing happen,” he wrote.


“The Danish Patient Safety Authority is responsible for tracing active infections and they report that there are no persistent, out-of-control infection chains. Further, the total number of newly-hospitalised is still stable at a low level,” he added.

Tuesday and Wednesday this week saw 48 and 40 new coronavirus cases registered according to data from national infectious disease centre SSI.

“There has been a trend for over one week of the numbers being a little higher than at the start of July,” Aarhus University global health expert and consultant in infectious disease Christian Wejse told Ritzau on Wednesday.

The trend could not easily be explained by more comprehensive testing, Wejse said.

Member comments

  1. Isn’t the recent increase in “Covid 19” within the timeline of the recent huge unnecessary protest gatherings around the country in a time of a pandemic ⁉️ These protests,especially in “Copenhagen” could have easily been carried out “After “ we were able to control/ vaccinate the infectious “Covid 19” ?‍♂️? I believe on behalf of the families of those who recklessly endangered the lives of their own loved ones and their families ⁉️ All of the increased numbers of infection suspiciously appearingonly a week or so after the huge uncontrollable gatherings of “who” ??

  2. I entered Denmark just as it shut down and left recently. I saw the protest (that weren’t really in the same meaning as the BLM movement here in America but that’s a different topic).

    Looking at protest as the blame for covid spread is out of touch with what’s already been researched and looked at a number of times in matters of protest and contact tracing. It’s been found that bars, parties and work places help to spread covid more efficiently than outdoor protest, especially where mask are used.

    As of July 1st, the amount of Danes mingling in close quarters without the benefit of a mask (that helps you to A: not touch your face and B: creates a moist environment for droplets to attach to and fall quicker than not being attached moisture) was not only mind boggling but a sure signs that Denmark would eventually see a weekly rise in cases.

    I saw some really good protocols go up quickly and made Denmark a really safe place to be. If breaks my heart that people don’t realize it can still happen to them even in a tiny, low count country. I believe you just have to be lucky or the unlucky one to have a conversation for the right length of time, with the right person, flaunting the proper precautions and ingest the right amount of virus needed to make you sick. That is less likely to happen outdoor than in an indoor gathering.

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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.”