Wednesday’s total represents the first time since August 10th that under 100 new cases have been registered in Denmark and the lowest figure overall since the same day.
On Tuesday, 115 new infections were registered, following 123 on Monday. The three preceding days saw 165 (Friday), 104 (Saturday) and 134 (Sunday) new cases.
Of the 85 cases registered Wednesday, 15 were in Copenhagen while 13 were in Aarhus. The second city has been the focus of authorities’ attention after a recent spike in cases.
The figures come from national agency State Serum Institute (SSI).
Christian Wejse, a specialist in infectious disease at Aarhus University, told news agency Ritzau he was now less concerned about the prospect of a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in Denmark.
“There is a clear local and general decreasing trend over a few days, and I think it will continue,” Wejse said.
“This suggests that it has been possible to get a grip on the outbreak in Aarhus,” he added.
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In addition to the decrease in new cases, the reproduction number for Covid-19 in Denmark has now fallen to an estimated 1, having been at 1.5 earlier in August.
This means that every infected person infects an average of 1 more people, compared with 1.5 people earlier in the month.
Wejse noted that this figure could increase again, however, given it lags behind the registration of new cases.
Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke also cited the reproduction number in a tweet in which he thanked “all the staff who are working hard to keep infections in check”, noting that over 2 million tests for Covid-19 have now been conducted in Denmark.
Heunicke also wrote that a reproduction number of 1 “means the total number of new daily infections is stable”.
Tak til de medarbejdere, der knokler for, at vi kan holde smitten i skak♟I dag rundede vi i ?? 2.000.000 test for COVID-19, der er blevet podet og analyseret ??
— Magnus Heunicke (@Heunicke) August 19, 2020
The number of people hospitalised with coronavirus fell on Wednesday by two and now stands at 16. One of the two is in ICU care and on ventilator treatment.
No deaths from coronavirus were registered on Wednesday.