Here’s how to check waiting times for Covid-19 testing in Denmark

Health authorities in Denmark have made waiting times for coronavirus tests in different locations visible online.

Here’s how to check waiting times for Covid-19 testing in Denmark
A drive-in Covid-19 test site in Denmark. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Regional health authorities along with Testcenter Danmark, which operates the country’s mobile testing tents, have opened web pages on which current waiting times can be seen for Covid-19 testing at specific locations.

The initiative comes after criticism of inconsistent waiting times locally and difficulty in comparing waiting times at different locations.

The government’s stated goal for testing waiting times is for 80 percent of those seeking a test to be able to access one within 24 hours; and for 80 percent of tests to return an result within 24 hours.

Denmark residents can book coronavirus tests via the website. Free tests are offered to everyone at Copenhagen Airport.

Covid-19 testing in Denmark is separated into two co-call ‘tracks’: samfundsspor (community track), where people without symptoms can be tested; and sundhedsspor (health track), where people with symptoms can be tested on referral from a doctor.

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The ‘community track’ numbers can be accessed via a link on the Testcenter Danmark website, under the sub-heading Ventetider. The data for October 8th can be viewed here.

Currently, there are waiting times at 30 of the 49 test locations in Denmark, including locations with limited capacity and opening hours.

Asymptomatic people who have been in close contact with an infected person are prioritised by the ‘community track’ testing system. The data currently shows waiting times of 0 days in almost all locations for close contacts.

For ‘health track’ testing, numbers can be accessed via a pdf link on the Danske Regioner website (the page also includes a link to the Testcenter Danmark page for ‘community track’ waiting times. Click here for the pdf for October 8th.

Only 1 of 38 testing locations – on the island of Ærø – is currently showing waiting times for ‘health track’ testing.

You can also check how long you can expect to wait for a result from your test to come through. The Danske Regioner website is showing this information in the form of weekly updates. As of October 5th, 80 percent of tests receive a result within 22 hours, and 95 percent within 28 hours.

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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.”