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Two thirds of Danish municipalities asked to use local Covid-19 measures

Of Denmark’s 98 municipalities, 64 currently have Covid-19 infections levels above the threshold at which recommended local measures are triggered.

Local authorities in Denmark can implement measures at schools and childcare facilities if Covid-19 infection rates go above a set threshold.
Local authorities in Denmark can implement measures at schools and childcare facilities if Covid-19 infection rates go above a set threshold. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Several more municipalities are also likely to reach the limit, according to the national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI).

The incidence rate at which local authorities are asked to take measures aimed at reducing transmissions is 400 cases per 100,000 residents during the last seven days.

A minimum of 20 infections in the last seven days is also required, ensuring municipalities with small populations are not affected if they have very low case numbers but hit the threshold because of a low number of residents.

Measures which local authorities can introduce include keeping school classes separated at break times and cancelling larger school events.

Parents can also be asked to ensure they collect children from daycare outside.

Aarhus Municipality, which hit the 400 cases per 100,000 resident-threshold on Tuesday, is among municipalities to have implemented measures at schools and child care facilities.

The municipality’s leader of its Children & Youth and Health & Well-being sections, May-Britt Kullberg, told local broadcaster TV2 Østjylland all recommendations will be followed where possible in an effort to put the brakes on infection numbers.

“A lot of this was also done by schools and daycare institutions last year. But they definitely had longer to prepare last year. It’s come a bit faster this time,” Kullberg said.

Measures will be introduced in Aarhus once the various municipal services are ready to implement them, according to the report.

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COVID-19 STATS

Denmark’s Covid-19 hospitalisation figure ‘could reach 750’ in December

The number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 in Denmark could increase to 750 this month, according to a projection from an official expert group.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and senior health officials visit a vaccination centre at Copenhagen Central Station on December 3rd.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and senior health officials visit a vaccination centre at Copenhagen Central Station on December 3rd. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

The expert group for mathematical modelling, which is attached to the national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI), released the estimate on Friday.

As of Friday afternoon, 449 patients with Covid-19 are admitted to hospitals in Denmark. The figure has been increasing in recent weeks but is still some way short of the peak hospitalisation figures from the winter 2020 wave, which exceeded 900.

“There are not catastrophic conditions yet but we have a combination of a tangible lack of nurses combined with this strain (of high patient numbers). It is clearly putting pressure on hospitals,” Kasper Karmark Iversen, senior medical consultant and professor at the University of Copenhagen and Herlev-Gentofte Hospital, told news wire Ritzau earlier this week.

The mathematical expert group calculates possible scenarios in which coronavirus restrictions could be phased out.

“The projections show a continued increase in the number of hospitalisations,” said the head of the group, Camilla Holten Møller.

“New hospitalisations of 70-200 per day and 550-750 in hospital (in total) are estimated up to the middle of December,” Møller said.

The figure for new hospitalisations does not account for discharged patients and therefore does not reflect the overall change in the total number of patients in hospital with Covid-19.

The expert group also predicts between 3,400 and 8,300 new cases of the virus daily by the middle of December. The group notes that its projections do not take into account the vaccination drive launched by the government this week. They also only partly account for anti-infection measures already in place, such as Covid-19 health pass (coronapas) requirements and face mask rules.

A total of 4,559 new Covid-19 cases were reported in SSI’s daily update on Friday. The total comes from 196,932 PCR tests, giving a positivity rate of 2.32 percent.

Daily cases have now been over 4,000 for six consecutive days. Friday’s positivity rate is a little lower than the typical rate seen this week, which is closer to 2.50.

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