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Danish Covid-19 test and vaccination centres hit by vandal and arson attacks

Covid-19 vaccine and testing centres across Jutland have been targeted in a series of incidents in recent days.

Danish Covid-19 test and vaccination centres hit by vandal and arson attacks
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

In Rødekro, a town of 6,000 people in southern Jutland close to the German border, perpetrators vandalised several signs that showed directions to vaccination and test centres.

Police in the region have confirmed the incident and encouraged potential witnesses to get in contact.

The signs were painted over with green spray paint and phrases such as “Fuck WHO”, “Fuck WHO fascists” and “Corona is lies”.

The vandalism was most likely committed during Tuesday night, according to the police.

“Police are requesting that witnesses who have made observations, or who have knowledge of the perpetrators, contact the police with information,” law enforcement wrote in a press release. Witnesses can contact the police via telephone number 114. 

A vaccination and test centre in North Jutland town Hobro was also vandalised, according to the local sports centre, Hobro Idrætscenter, which houses the facility.

“During the night, vandalism was committed and signs were stolen in connection with the test and vaccination centres at Hobro Idrætscenter,” the sports centre wrote on Wednesday on its Facebook page.

The centre said it will replace the signs.

“It’s just incredibly tiresome,” the manager of the sports centre, Johnny Wulff, told local media Nordjyske.

Meanwhile, a vaccination centre in Silkeborg, central Jutland was targeted in an attempted arson, the regional police district said on Tuesday.

A box containing face masks was set on fire inside of a container. The perpetrator or perpetrators then attempted to push the container through a glass screen at the vaccination centre.

Fire did not spread in the building but police are taking the situation very seriously and are looking for witnesses.

Earlier this month, fire bombs were thrown at a test centre in Ballerup north of Copenhagen. That incident resulted in the National Police (Rigspolitiet) announcing that law enforcement would be keeping an extra close eye on vaccination and test centres.

READ ALSO: Hundreds gather in Copenhagen to protest Denmark’s Covid-19 laws

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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.” 

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