People in Denmark with mild coronavirus symptoms offered tests without contacting doctor

The requirement for people with mild symptoms of coronavirus to contact their doctor before booking a test has been removed.

People in Denmark with mild coronavirus symptoms offered tests without contacting doctor
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People experiencing mild symptoms can therefore now book a Covid-19 test themselves via without a referral from the doctor, the Ministry of Health has confirmed in a statement.

The decision was made in agreement with Danske Regioner, the regional authorities responsible for operating the tests, and aims to reduce the workload the pandemic is placing on GPs in the country.

Doctors are spending a significant amount of time fielding calls from members of the public with mild symptoms of coronavirus.

“This way we ensure access for vulnerable citizens who need to get in touch with their doctor,” health minister Magnus Heunicke said.

“At the same time, we are making the testing system robust and able to handle a winter season in which more people will have consistent with Covid-19,” the minister added.  

The change will make it easier for people with mild symptoms to book a test and therbey easily and quickly confirm whether or not they are infected with Covid-19, according to Stephanie Lose, the chairperson of Danske Regioner.

“From today, people who have mild symptoms can book an appointment themselves, without having to call the doctor and get a referral,” Lose said.

“If you have more serious symptoms, or if for some reason you need to talk to or be seen by a doctor, then of course you should always call your own doctor or the on-call on 1813,” she added.

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All testing locations have been set up to ensure social distancing, while facemasks are mandatory at the sites, the health ministry said in the statement.

Although people with mild symptoms from now on can book a Covid-19 test without speaking to a doctor, the statement stressed that anyone who feels ill and needs to contact a doctor must continue to do so.

The government has a stated goal of providing access to coronavirus testing within 24 hours to 80 percent of those who request it.

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Covid-19: Denmark to further reduce PCR testing capacity

The number of daily PCR tests for Covid-19 available in Denmark is to be reduced to 10,000 from August 15th.

Covid-19: Denmark to further reduce PCR testing capacity

A decline in demand for PCR testing for Covid-19 is behind health authorities’ decision to further reduce capacity from 20,000 to 10,000 tests per day.

The Agency for Critical Supplies (Styrelsen for Forsyningssikkerhed) confirmed the change in a statement on Friday.

The reduction is part of the government’s Covid-19 testing strategy for the rest of 2022 and the first three months of 2023.

Last week saw the average number of PCR tests administered daily reached just 4,900.

Testing capacity can be ramped up again should case numbers go up after August 15th, the critical supplies agency said.

From August 15th, all tasks related to the national Covid-19 testing programme come under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.

The Danish Health Authority said on its website that it expects the coronavirus to become a seasonal infection similar to influenza.

“We must expect many to be infected with Covid-19 during the autumn and winter,” the authority writes.