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Denmark’s daily Covid-19 cases in slight drop after previous high total

A total of 745 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Tuesday by Denmark’s infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI).

Denmark’s daily Covid-19 cases in slight drop after previous high total
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The total comes from the last 19 hours, instead of the usual 24 hours, due to a delay in reporting on Monday.

Nevertheless, the figure is lower than the record 1,056 posted on Monday – the first time the daily count has broken into four figures in Denmark, albeit coming from a 28-hour period.

The end of last week saw consecutive days with new record high totals of new Covid-19 cases.

The numbers represent a high but “stable” level of infections over the last week, according to Åse Bengård Andersen, head of the infectious diseases clinic at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet.

“It’s the younger generation that’s getting infected. People who have a lot of contacts,” Andersen told news wire Ritzau.

“Those are the ones we need to slow down. The more infected people are going out and about, the larger the chance of infecting someone who cannot cope with being infected,” she added,

The 745 cases come from a total of 45,757 tests over the 19-hour period, giving a test positivity rate of 1.6, according to The Local’s calculations.

A single death was recorded with Covid-19 during the period, bringing Denmark’s overall loss of life to the virus to 709 people.

The number of patients admitted to Danish hospitals with the disease currently stands at 137. That is eight fewer than yesterday, but the previous daily count on Monday saw a large increase in hospitalisations, by 18.

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The number of hospitalised patients with Covid-19 in Denmark is now similar to the level seen at the beginning of May. It peaked in late March and early April, when over 500 were hospitalised – a significantly higher number than the current figure.

Denmark’s R-number or reproduction rate for the virus is currently 1.2, according to a post by health minister Magnus Heunicke on Twitter. That means the virus is spreading in Denmark at the current time.

If the reproduction rate or R-number is above 1.0, the number of infected in a society will grow because each infected person will pass on the virus to an average of more than one other person. If the R-number is slightly below 1.0, the number will decline. 

The number is calculated based on the rate of hospitalisations and confirmed virus cases.

The new restrictions announced by the government on Friday and coming into effect throughout this week will take some time to be reflected in infection metrics, Andersen noted.

“It takes some days from being infected to developing symptoms and being able to infect others,” she said.

 

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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.” 

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