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

Denmark’s daily Covid-19 cases in slight drop after previous high total
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A total of 745 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Tuesday by Denmark’s infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI).

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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