Where are Denmark’s coronavirus hotspots?

Our maps show the development of coronavirus infection levels in Denmark over the last four weeks.

Where are Denmark’s coronavirus hotspots?
A map comparing coronavirus infection rates in Denmark on November 18th (L) and December 14th (R) (screenshot, see article for map scales and key). Photo: Datawrapper

We've taken a look at the latest data for infection levels by municipality in Denmark and compare them in the maps below to the country's infection situation just under a month ago.

Areas close to Copenhagen and much of Zealand are currently showing many of the country's highest infection rates, measured as the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the last week.

Only one of Denmark’s 98 municipalities, southern island Ærø, currently has 0 cases of coronavirus over the last week.

In the late summer, health authorities stated that ‘special focus' would be placed on municipalities in which infections exceeded a rate of 20 cases per 100,000 residents.

The following map shows the new infections per 100,000 residents for the last seven days up until Wednesday December 14th. (scroll over for numbers and municipality name). The data is sourced from national infectious disease agency SSI.

A comparison with a previous map from November 18th, using the same colour grading scale for the infection rates, shows notable changes, with most of the country looking a lot darker, particularly the east. The area around Copenhagen has the higher infection rates on the November map, but that can be seen to have deepened and spread on the newer version. Improvements in infection rates can be found in a very small number of areas. Most have got worse.

The November 18th map can be seen below.


It should also be noted that municipalities with very small population sizes will show a high value for the measure even if they have only a handful of cases.

In the next map, you can see the raw numbers of individual cases of Covid-19 registered in each municipality. Bear in mind that larger population areas will naturally tend to have higher raw numbers of cases.


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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.”