Another 542 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Denmark in the past 24 hours, according to figures from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI).
This is an increase of 60 percent in new cases from July 5th to July 6th.
Also increasing is the contact rate, which the Ministry of Health (Sundhedsministeriet) said is now 1.2. That means every 10 infected people infect an average of 12 others.
This is the highest contact rate since November 2020, SSI reports.
The ministry wrote on Twitter that the increased contact rate indicates a rise, which may be related to the more contagious Delta variant, but also “uncertainty due to changes in test behaviour.” On July 1st, appointments were no longer required for PCR tests in Denmark.
Kontakttallet er i dag beregnet til 1,2. Det tyder på en stigende epidemi. Den mere smitsomme Delta-variant har en betydning, men tallet er også forbundet med usikkerhed pga. ændringer i testadfærd. Fortsat vigtigt at følge anbefalinger og at lade sig vaccinere. #COVID19dk pic.twitter.com/YYGc1STU4U
— Sundhedsministeriet (@DKsundhed) July 6, 2021
Although it is uncertain how contagious the Delta variant is, the University of Melbourne in Australia has estimated that the Delta variant to be about 50 percent more contagious than the Alpha variant.
Infections have been increasing since reaching their lowest level at the end of June with 149 daily infections.
SSI also reported that on July 6th, the total number of inpatients increased by three, which means that 43 people were admitted with coronavirus to one of the country’s hospitals that morning. Eight of them are in an intensive care unit, while eight are connected to a respirator.
One new death has also been reported.