Vaccinated people exempted from Danish Covid-19 testing guidelines

The Danish Health Authority no longer recommends people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 be tested regularly for the virus.

Vaccinated people exempted from Danish Covid-19 testing guidelines
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The authority confirmed the change to its guidelines via a statement.

“The risk of infecting others when you have been vaccinated and do not have symptoms of Covid-19 is very small. We therefore now recommend that vaccinated people no longer need to get tested regularly if they do not have symptoms,” Health Authority deputy director Helene Bilsted Probst said in the statement.

New studies have found that the risk of vaccinated, asymptomatic people transmitting the virus is very small.

“That means that, from a medical perspective, it is no longer necessary to be tested regularly if you are fully vaccinated,” the authority states.

Additionally, persons in higher risk groups for Covid-19 are no longer advised to avoid busy times in places like supermarkets, according to the updated recommendations.

They can also use public transport and take part in leisure activities without considering themselves at heightened risk, according to the health authority.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 18.8 percent of the population has received at least a first dose of the vaccine, while 8.9 percent are fully vaccinated, according to official data.

People in risk groups for more serious outcomes with Covid-19 have been amongst those given higher priority to receive inoculations.

The epidemic has been at a stable level in Denmark since mid-February, with the test positivity rate ranging between 0.3 and 0.5 percent.

As of the latest daily update on Wednesday, 194 people are currently hospitalised with Covid-19 nationally.

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Covid-19: Denmark halves test capacity due to low infection numbers

Denmark is to cut its Covid-19 testing capacity due to low demand at municipal PCR test centres.

Covid-19: Denmark halves test capacity due to low infection numbers

The daily number of PCR tests at local centres will therefore be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000, the Agency for Critical Supplies (Styrelsen for Forsyningssikkerhed) confirmed in a statement on Monday.

Some test centres are expected to close due to the reduced operations.

“The downscaling is expected to result in a further reduction in the number of test locations, while opening times will be adjusted in the country’s test centres,” the agency said in the statement.

“These adjustments will take place on an ongoing basis,” it added.

Recent months have seen Covid-19 infections receding in Denmark after the winter wave, which was driven by the Omicron variant of the virus.

Health authorities have credited a high level of immunity in the community, due to previous infections, and a high vaccination rate including booster vaccinations, in reducing the spread of the coronavirus throughout the spring.

Covid-19 is also known to be transmitted less during warmer seasons.

The lower number of cases is linked to the reduced demand for testing in Denmark. Last week saw an average of around 5,000 tests administered daily.

The government is expected later this year to present a Covid-19 testing strategy for late 2022 and next winter.

Denmark lifted the majority of its Covid-19 restrictions in February, with final travel restrictions ending in March.

Health authorities now only recommend taking a PCR test for Covid-19 if you have symptoms and are at risk of serious illness should you contract the virus.

Testing is no longer recommended for close contacts of people who have the virus or are suspected to have it.

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