Danish Covid-19 hospitalisations at lowest point since early December

Danish Covid-19 hospitalisations at lowest point since early December
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The number of Covid-19 in patients in Denmark is the lowest since December 15th of last year.

The numbers from Denmark’s national disease agency, State Serum Institute (SSI), indicate a total of 444 Covid-19 patients in Danish hospitals, a decrease of 44 in the past 24 hours. That figure stood at 439 on December 15th.

The curent figure is significantly lower than at the peak of the second wave, when it exceeded 900 in late December and topped at 964 on January 4th.

During the spring wave of the virus, the highest number of Covid-19 inpatients was 535, recorded on April 1st.

Doctors are welcoming the decline in Covid-19 in-patients.

“The fewer corona patients that are in the hospital, the more capacity there is for other things. We have time to take care of other things,” said Christian Wamberg, chief physician at the intensive care unit at Bispebjerg Hospital.

“The number of hospitalised patients has meant that we needed to close some of the other functions, so that we could take care of the corona patients,” Wamberg said.

Out of the 444 patients currently hospitalised with the coronavirus, 86 are in the intensive care unit and of those 63 are receiving help from a ventilator.

Both the number of patients in the intensive unit and on respirators are the lowest since around Christmas.

SSI has registered 553 new infections with coronavirus since Wednesday.

The infection numbers were found among 147,175 tests, making the positivity rate around 0.38 percent.

“If we test 150,000 people and can find 553 infections, we are down to where we have control over it,” said Wamberg.

With the latest infection numbers, there are now more than 200,000 citizens who have tested positive with coronavirus since the end of February last year.

According to SSI’s numbers, 1,342 people have tested positive for the more infectious B117 variant since January 30th.

In total, 2,184 people have died with Covid-19 since March last year.

Denmark is currently vaccinating the population against the virus. The latest numbers from SSI show that 192,990 have begun being vaccinated, which corresponds to 3.31 percent of the population. 105,122 citizens – or 1.8 percent of the population – have received the second dose and thereby finished being vaccinated.

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