Number of new infected in Denmark back at January levels

Denmark registered 1,246 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Wednesday, the highest number recorded since the middle of January.

Number of new infected in Denmark back at January levels
People attend a concert in Copenhagen's _Vega venue on May 8th, after the reopening. Photo: Torben Christensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Since the number of people testing positive rose above 1,000 on Thursday and Friday last week, there has been growing concern that the reopening of bars, restaurants, and cafés was triggering a resurgence in the pandemic.

Now, after a slight decline on Monday and Tuesday, the number is above 1,000 again, according to the latest data from Denmark’s infectious diseases agency SSI. 

“It looks like the rise in the number of Danes getting infected is rising and that this rise is significant, but that was also expected,” Lars Østergaard at Aarhus University Hospital and a Professor at Aarhus University.

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The high number of new infected can partly be put down to the rise in the number of tests taken since now a coronavirus pass is required to take part in many activities, with 226,660 PCR tests taken over the past 24 hours, more than double the number in January.

The number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus has fallen by seven people since Wednesday to 158, of whom 29 are being treated in intensive care.

There were no new deaths registered due to coronavirus.

The speed of vaccination has slowed in Denmark compared to many other European countries due to the decision to withdraw the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the mass vaccination program.

So far 1,560,879 have received their first dose — about 27 percent of the population — and 929,200 have received both doses, about 16 percent of the population.

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