Denmark reaches highest number of daily coronavirus infections since April

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Denmark reaches highest number of daily coronavirus infections since April
A mobile coronavirus test unit in Aarhus from August 2020. Michael Drost-Hansen / Ritzau Scanpix

317 new cases of Covid-19 have been registered in Denmark in the last 24 hours, the highest number since April 8, when there were 408 new cases of infection.


Thursday's infection rate is the fifth highest recorded in one day during the epidemic. However far more are now being tested for Covid-19 than in the Spring.

"Now, unfortunately, the infection is rising again. We are in the difficult place that we will be until there is a vaccine or a treatment", Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Thursday.  

"We will do everything we can not to shut down, as we did on March 11. It was the right thing to do then, it will not be the right thing to do again", she added. 


Thursday's figures are higher than Wednesday's figures, where 251 new cases of Covid-19 were registered. 

In 84 out of the country's 98 municipalities, new infections have been found in the past week. It is a completely different picture from earlier this summer, where many municipalities did not register any infection cases for weeks.

There are now 35 municipalities that have had more than 20 infected per. 100,000 inhabitants in the last week. Yesterday it was 28 municipalities.

On Thursday Ritzau reported that 18 classes at a school in Roskilde had been sent home after a coronavirus infection. 

The high number of new infections comes at a time when a number of restrictions have been introduced in 18 municipalities.

There has been a reduction of the number of people who may gather in one place, from 100 to 50 and new restrictions have been placed on bars, cafes and restaurants. These establishments will now be required to close at midnight instead of 2am.

Most recently, police have introduced a residence ban on two places in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, which young people have recently used as a gathering point.

The residence ban means that no residence is allowed in the areas. Regular activities such as walking and running and dog walking in the areas are still allowed.

The residence bans apply to Hørsholmparken and Skateparken in Nørrebroparken from Thursday evening at 6 pm to Sunday at 6 am.




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