Denmark registers lowest number of new Covid-19 cases in August

Denmark registers lowest number of new Covid-19 cases in August
Health minister Magnus Heunicke speaks at Friday's press briefing. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix
71 new infections with Covid-19 were registered in Denmark on Friday, the country’s infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI) has confirmed.

On its website, SSI noted that “the figures from August 20th were updated a little later than normal and can therefore be expected to be slightly higher than otherwise expected… while the figures for August 21st may be a little lower than otherwise expected”.

116 new cases were reported by the agency on Thursday August 20th, following on from 85 cases the preceding day – at the time, the lowest daily total since August 9th.

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Despite the qualification attached to Friday’s figure, it remains the lowest daily total for new cases of Covid-19 in Denmark since the beginning of August.

Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke confirmed the latest total earlier of Friday.

“The increase we have seen both nationally and locally in recent weeks appears to be easing,” Heunicke said at Friday’s briefing.

The minister also said that the reproduction number for Covid-19 in Denmark currently stands at 1. This means that every infected person infects an average of 1.0 more people. The number reached 1.5 people earlier in the month.

Heunicke added that the epidemic in Denmark is “neither on the way up nor on the way down”.

Although the situation is currently stable, authorities are continuing to monitor trends in municipalities where numbers are relatively high.

These include Rødovre, Ishøj, Randers and Glostrup. Each of the four has over 20 infections per 100,000 residents over the last week.

Aarhus and Silkeborg, which have previously seen increased infections, are currently showing encouraging trends, Heunicke said on Friday.

Although Aarhus still has a high infection rate at 51.3 per 100,000 inhabitants and remains the current worst-affected area of Denmark, the figure is beginning to decrease.

Other areas including Sorø, Nyborg and Solrød as well as Ringsted – the location of an outbreak at a Danish Crown abattoir – now have local outbreaks under control.

Each of the four areas now have infection rates under 10 per 100,000 residents, according to SSI figures.

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