Danish hospitals now treating most Covid patients since February

The number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 in Denmark hit its highest level since February on Sunday, with doctors warning that the health system is already starting to come under pressure.

Danish hospitals now treating most Covid patients since February
The 86-year-old Covid-19 patient Gerhard Lunau is treated by a medical student in February, the last time patient numbers were this high. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Rye Gestsson

According to Denmark’s infectious diseases agency SSI, there were 346 people being treated for Covid-19 in Denmark’s hospitals on Sunday, an increase of 27 on the previous day

“Right now, the healthcare system is under pressure to do what it can,” said Christian Wamberg, the head doctor at the intensive care unit at Copenhagen’s Bispebjerg Hospital.

“But there is a shortage of employees, and those that exist, do not find it particularly attractive to do yet another round.”

SSI reported a further 3,223 cases on Sunday, the 11th day in a row with more than 2,000 cases.

It also reported seven additional deaths, taking Denmark’s total toll to 2,767.

Wamberg said he thought it was “extremely natural and understandable” that the number of cases had been rising, but said he wasn’t “terribly worried” about the situation as the high level of vaccinations means that the health system can still more or less handle the current number of patients.”

He said that the current levels of infection poses a serious risk to those who had not chosen to get vaccinated.

Member comments

  1. Good afternoon,
    a number of sources suggest that vaccines do protect vaccinated, do not make much against stopping transmission. So, with Covid makes little sense to talk about group immunity. That is the reason why I would say that allowing multi-thousand people events is risky, event vaccinated. Having a big fraction of people never tested (because of the covid-pass) should be reviewed in my opinion.

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