Number of Covid-19 cases and tests falls at Danish care homes

Number of Covid-19 cases and tests falls at Danish care homes
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Last week saw the lowest number of positive Covid-19 tests amongst residents of care homes in Denmark since November.

Although the number of cases of Covid-19 at care homes was the lowest for two months, the number of tests carried out was also significantly reduced.

Data from the national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI) shows that 85 care home residents tested positive for Covid-19 last week, compared to 158 the week before.

The 85 cases came from 305 tests – less than half of the 611 people tested in the preceding week. That corresponds to a similar test positivity rate between the two weeks.

Both the number of tests and the number of positive cases has been consistently falling prior to the two most recent weeks, according to the SSI update.

Nevertheless, the falling numbers may be, at least to some extent, a reflection of the status of Denmark’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

The majority of care home residents nationwide have now received at least the first dose of the vaccine.

Separate SSI data shows that 36,956 care home residents have begun vaccination against the various as of Tuesday morning.

The majority of the residents – 31,326 – have also received the second dose. As such four out of five people in the category who are being vaccinated have received both doses.

In total authorities are seeking to vaccinate 39,814 people in Denmark who live in care homes. That means under 3,000 are yet to receive either dose.

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