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Denmark records highest number of daily Covid-19 infections this year

Thursday’s total of 2,598 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 is the highest in Denmark in 2021.

PCR testing for Covid-19 in Aarhus, October 25th 2021. New daily infection registrations in Denmark are now at their highest this year.
PCR testing for Covid-19 in Aarhus, October 25th 2021. New daily infection registrations in Denmark are now at their highest this year. Photo: Jens Thaysen/Jysk Fynske Medier/Ritzau Scanpix

The daily update from the national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI) shows that daily infections in Denmark are now at the highest level since December 30th last year.

The 2,598 cases were found amongst 131,164 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of 1.98 percent. That is a high number of tests compared to the average undertaken per day in recent months, in line with the government’s announcement last week that testing would be ramped up in response to spiralling case numbers.

Current high infection numbers should be taken seriously as a cause for concern, according to Eskild Petersen, professor in infectious diseases at Aarhus University’s Department of Clinical Medicine.

“With such a large increase in recent days, I’m concerned over the progress of the epidemic. The last few days have had numbers in excess of the State Serum Institute’s projections for the progress of the epidemic,” Petersen told news wire Ritzau.

Use of facemasks and the coronapas health app should be reintroduced as soon as possible in order to keep society open, the professor said.

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“If we are to avoid closures of schools and the rest of society, we need to get ahead of things and it is proven that both coronapas and facemasks work against infection spread,” he said.

A total of 246 people are currently hospitalised with Covid-19 in Denmark. This is 18 fewer than the figure for Wednesday.

But the lower number of people in hospital compared to yesterday may be misleading, Petersen warned.

“When so many people are infected now, the number of hospital admissions will increase in the coming days. This has been the case throughout the epidemic,” he said.

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Covid-19 medicine Paxlovid now available in Denmark

Denmark has received its first supply of Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment for Covid-19.

Covid-19 medicine Paxlovid now available in Denmark

A first stock of Paxlovid, a tablet which can be described by doctors to combat Covid-19 symptoms, has been delivered to Denmark, health authorities confirmed in a statement.

“The first delivery has arrived today and the rest will be delivered continuously during the coming period,” the Danish Health Authority said.

Denmark has purchased 40,000 treatment courses of the medicine.

Doctors decide when to prescribe the medicine, which is suitable for adults infected with Covid-19 who are at risk of serious illness with Covid-19. It is taken over a course of five days when symptoms are still mild.

“Treatment with Paxlovid is for the patients who are at greatest risk of serious illness with Covid-19 and the treatment will be an important part of the future management of Covid-19,” the Health Authority said in the statement.

The arrival of a medicine for Covid-19 does not signal the end of vaccination which remains “the most effective measure to prevent serious illness and death,” it said.

Denmark has purchased the Paxlovid supply through a deal with pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

The infectious disease control agency State Serum Institute (SSI) has 2.2 million Covid-19 vaccines which have been in storage for so long that they are no longer usable, news wire Ritzau earlier reported.

The vaccines were purchased when Denmark was acquiring as many as possible during the pandemic but because they are not effective against newer variants of the coronavirus, they can no longer be used.

Another 3.6 million doses in storage at SSI can only be used for the initial two doses for as-yet unvaccinated people – who are now limited in number given Denmark’s high vaccine uptake. This means they are unusable in the current booster programme.

The cost of the 5.8 million vaccines is estimated at between 116 and 783 million kroner.

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