Danish government signals coronavirus update as cases continue to spike

Danish government signals coronavirus update as cases continue to spike
A Danish government Covid-19 briefing earlier in December. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
The Danish government could announce new Covid-19 restrictions later on Wednesday.

The prime minister’s office has confirmed a briefing on Wednesday evening at which it said an update on the current Covid-19 situation in the country will be provided.

No official confirmation has been given that new restrictions will be announced at the briefing on Wednesday evening, but several Danish media including DR, TV2 and Ekstra Bladet have reported an email sent by the Ministry of Health to party representatives, stating that new measures are “on the way”.

The email did not give a timescale or other details regarding the new measures.

The government briefing will follow another day in which the record for new cases of the coronavirus was broken. 3,692 positive tests for Covid-19 were registered by the State Serum Institute on Wednesday

The number of hospitalisations also increased significantly on Wednesday by 54, taking the total number to 493. During the spring wave of the virus, the number of Covid-19 inpatients peaked at 535 on April 1st.

14 deaths with Covid-19 were registered on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since May.

The government has rolled out a partial lockdown across the country since last week. The partial lockdown restrictions will apply in all of Denmark’s 98 municipalities from 4pm on Wednesday.

The Local will report new Danish Covid-19 restrictions as they are announced.

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