Covid-19 infection rate in Copenhagen concerns expert

Covid-19 infection rate in Copenhagen concerns expert
A reopened gym in Copenhagen earlier this month. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
A total of 964 new infections with Covid-19 were registered in Denmark in the latest daily count on Sunday.

The figure reflects the daily number of new infections seen generally during May, with the total hovering close to 1,000 in recent days.

Sunday’s total was gleaned from 173,269 PCR tests for the coronavirus. That gives a test positivity rate of 0.56. The figure has crept over 0.5 this month having ranged between 0.3-0.5 since a partial lockdown was in place in February.

However, comparing test positivity in different months is not necessarily helpful, given the circumstances related to testing – corona passport rules were not in effect in February, for example – are not necessarily the same. The number of tests conducted on a daily basis can also vary over longer periods.

An expert from the University of Southern Denmark called current infection figures in Denmark “stable” but expressed concern over trends in Copenhagen.

“The thing that could concern me a bit is the development in Copenhagen. We’ve seen an abruptly increasing trend there over the last several days,” professor of clinical microbiology Hans Jørn Kolmos told news wire Ritzau.

A total of 1,504 infections were recorded in the capital in the seven days preceding Sunday, giving the city one of the country’s highest incidence rates.

Kolmos noted a higher population density, younger population and lower vaccination coverage in Copenhagen as relative factors.

Official data currently shows the Capital (Hovedstaden) health authority as having the lowest vaccination coverage of Denmark’s five healthcare regions.

The region, which includes Copenhagen, northeastern Zealand and the island of Bornholm, has given 26.9 percent of its residents a first vaccine dose and fully vaccinated 17.5 percent, at the time of writing.

That compares to 30.7 percent and 19.4 percent respectively in Zealand, the most-vaccinated region.

Kolmos said that infections in Copenhagen are “nearing something that is reminiscent of lockdown (levels)”.

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