Denmark nears 7,000 new Covid-19 cases to break record for third consecutive day

A further 6,985 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Denmark on Thursday, setting a new daily case record for the pandemic for the third day in a row.

Denmark registered almost 7,000 new cases of Covid-19 on December 9th.
Denmark registered almost 7,000 new cases of Covid-19 on December 9th. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Thursday’s total, which comes from the national infectious disease agency, is higher than the two previous records set on Tuesday and Wednesday, but also comes from a larger number of tests.

The test positivity rate on Thursday is marginally smaller than the measure was on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 6,985 new cases of the coronavirus recorded on Thursday came from 216,868 tests, meaning the test positivity rate is 3.22 percent. The percentage was 3.40 and 3.34 on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

85 people were admitted to hospital with the virus during the last day. The total number of hospitalised patients with Covid-19 in Denmark is now 460, one fewer than Wednesday once discharges are taken into account.

Measures introduced by the government in late November, such as coronapas requirements in bars and restaurants and face mask rules in stores and on public transport, do not appear to have done enough to slow infections, according to Eskild Petersen, professor in infectious diseases at Aarhus University’s Department of Clinical Medicine.

“When numbers keep increasing, that reflects that earlier restrictions aren’t really working. We should be seeing the effects now,” Petersen said.

“Whether the new restrictions will work remains to be seen but (the situation is) critical if the trend carries on until Christmas when we are together more and hospital staffing is reduced,” he added.

The government presented on Wednesday a series of new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19.

These include remote learning for schools for the final few days of the term before the Christmas break; closure of nightlife and alcohol sales after midnight and additional face mask rules.

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Covid-19: Danish authorities ’not concerned’ after new subvariant detected

A new subvariant of Covid-19 has been detected in Denmark. Health authorities say they are monitoring the situation.

Covid-19: Danish authorities ’not concerned’ after new subvariant detected

The new variant was first detected in India around three months ago and has now been detected in Denmark for the first time with two confirmed cases, news wire Ritzau reports.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed the variant had been found in Denmark in a Twitter post on Saturday.

The variant, BJ.1, is a subvariant of the existing Omicron form of the coronavirus and was first registered in India on July 2nd. It has since been detected in four other countries.

“Two cases of the new Covid-19 subvariant BJ.1 have been found in Denmark,” Heunicke wrote.

“It is completely expected that BJ.1 would appear in Denmark and the State Serum Institute [national infectious disease control agency, ed.] is not currently concerned but is following the situation closely,” he said.

It is currently unclear whether BJ.1, also termed BA.2.10.1, can be expected to cause more serious symptoms than the current dominant form of Omicron.

“BJ.1 has more mutations to the spike protein than subvariants of the dominant BA.5, but the importance of these mutations is not known for certain,” Heunicke wrote.

The most recent infection trends report, issued last week by the State Serum Institute, stated that infection numbers in people aged 60 and over had increased during the preceding week. Infection numbers have been otherwise stable in all age groups in recent weeks.

Denmark currently only recommends a PCR test for Covid-19 for people at risk of serious illness who suspect they have the virus.

Last week’s infection trends report noted that BJ.1 was yet to be detected in Denmark.