Denmark records highest Covid-19 positive test rate since January 2021

Covid cases and hospitalisations are creeping back up in Denmark after June's celebrated dip – and the Delta variant is causing the majority of cases, according to health officials.

Denmark records highest Covid-19 positive test rate since January 2021
A woman is swabbed for coronavirus at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

On July 12th Denmark’s infectious disease agency, the Statens Serum Institute, reported 848 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a sharp uptick from the previous day’s total of 609. These tallies reflect only PCR tests and not the results of the more than 138,000 antigen tests administered in the last 24 hours. 

Overall, 1.09 percent of all PCR tests were positive – the highest percent positive since January 2021. 

Eight more Covid-19 patients were hospitalised today, bringing the national total to 37. Nine patients are in intensive care and seven are on ventilators. 

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What’s causing the increase? 

Despite recently reopening to tourists, Denmark can’t blame visitors for the rising case numbers. Out of 8,928 tourists given PCR tests over the last seven days, only 84 tested positive.

Notably, the Delta variant of Covid-19 now makes up the majority of new cases in Denmark, the SSI announced last week. SSI now considers the Delta variant about twice as contagious as the original strain. 

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