Denmark’s Covid-19 infection rate reaches highest point since November 2020

Another 542 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in Denmark on Tuesday - some 60 percent more than Monday's total number of new cases.

Denmark's Covid-19 infection rate reaches highest point since November 2020
Denmark experiences its highest Covid-19 contact rate since November 2020, SSI reports. Photo: Emil Helms / Ritzau Scanpix

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. 

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.

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Covid-19: Danish case numbers fall by almost one fifth

Fewer new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Denmark, with last week’s total 19 percent reduced compared to the week before.

Covid-19: Danish case numbers fall by almost one fifth

The latest report from the State Serum Institute (SSI), the Danish infectious disease agency, states 10,777 new cases were detected in the week commencing July 25th, equivalent to 183 cases per 100,000 residents.

The number of PCR tests administered also decreased 15 percent compared to the preceding week, however.

Declining viral loads in the wastewater system also suggest there’s a lower burden of infection in the country, according to SSI.

In the same period, new Covid-positive hospital admissions fell nearly a quarter, with a significant decline in the elderly population. 

There was also a significantly lower prevalence of infections among care home residents and social care sector staff, SSI states.

Last month, age concern charity Ældre Sagen called for the Danish Health Authority to bring forward planned booster vaccinations to care home residents after a 29 percent increase in new hospital admissions with the virus, with 60-89 year-olds particularly affected.

Booster vaccinations will be offered to everyone aged 50 and over this autumn.

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60 deaths among people who were infected with Covid-19 occurred last week, 10 more than the preceding week.

“But this is not a sign of excess deaths in the population in general,” SSI says in the report.

Omicron sub-variant BA.5 is still responsible for the lion’s share of Covid cases in Denmark, accounting for 92 percent of positive results in the week of July 18th. 

“There is no sign of concerning spread of other subvariants,” SSI writes.