Coronavirus: New Danish cases at lowest level for one month, R-number back below 1

Coronavirus: New Danish cases at lowest level for one month, R-number back below 1
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After a month of increasing Covid-19 cases, the number of newly-registered positive tests for coronavirus in Denmark has fallen in recent days.

The 322 new cases recorded by the national infectious diseases agency State Serum Institute (SSI) on Tuesday is the lowest figure since September 11th.

There is a caveat to the number: the volume of testing has fallen off slightly since the beginning of October.

Tuesday’s daily update from SSI shows that 39,326 tests were conducted over the last 24 hours. The second half of September saw an average of around 50,000 tests carried out daily.

Health minister Magnus Heaunicke tweeted that the reproduction rate or R-number for Denmark has now dipped below 1.0.

If the reproduction rate is above 1.0, that means the number of infected in a society will grow. If it is slightly below, the number will decline. 

“The reproduction rate in Denmark is now 0.8. Thank you to everyone who does their bit every day to break the chains of (virus) transmission,” Heunicke said.

“The virus is still here, so it’s crucial we keep it up,” he added.

Health authorities have stepped up face mask recommendations and restrictions on assembly limits and nightlife are among the measures taken in response to Denmark's recent increase in coronavirus cases.

The nightlife and assembly restrictions, initially in place until October 4th, have since been extended to October 18th.

Hospitalisations with the virus in Denmark are increasing at the current time, despite evidence of slowing infection rates.

The 124 patients currently admitted to Danish hospitals with coronavirus is the most since May 20th, but remains far from the spring peak of over 500 hospitalised patients.

Four new Covid-19 deaths were registered by SSI in Tuesday’s update. 663 people have now died due to the virus in Denmark since the beginning of the pandemic.

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