MAP: Warm Danish weather is here: these are the overcrowded areas to avoid

Warm summer weather with temperatures in the mid-twenties is on the way to Denmark. That means crowding in popular areas.

MAP: Warm Danish weather is here: these are the overcrowded areas to avoid
Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Police will be monitoring areas designated ‘hotspots’ in an effort to prevent overcrowding which could make social distancing difficult.

Forecasts predict several days with clear skies and temperatures nearing 30 degrees Celsius, and little to no wind.

That means parks and waterfronts could become popular locations across the country.

Police have encouraged people enjoyed warm summer weekends and evenings to consider avoiding the most popular spots.

“We encourage everyone generally to ensure good hygiene and maintain distance,” Copenhagen Police senior officer Lars Ole-Karlsen told DR.

“If you are at one of the places we are calling hotspots, and we can see there are a lot of people, we will encourage you to go somewhere else to avoid too many people in one place,” Ole-Karlsen explained.

Police districts have provided a list of the ‘hotspots’ they expect to become busy. The East Jutland police district on Thursday announced three further hotspots would be added in Aarhus. You can check them on the map below.

The locations are seen by police as places where people have previously gathered in numbers in spite of rules in place to prevent this, and are therefore seen as risk areas for overcrowding.

Police will be presence at these areas and have the right to close them if crowds become too packed.


“We are focusing on these hotspots and in general on places where people are gathering. We will keep an eye on whether people follow the rules currently in place,” Ole-Karlsen said.

“It’s important that we all take this seriously and make an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19,” he added.

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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.”