Covid-19: Omicron share of Danish cases continues rise

The number of cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Denmark increased by 1,512 on Wednesday to reach a running total of 6,047.

A further 8,773 cases of Covid-19 were registered in Denmark on Wednesday.
A further 8,773 cases of Covid-19 were registered in Denmark on Wednesday. File photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Some instances of the variant may not be included in the latest data due to delays, the infectious disease agency State Serum Institute said in a statement.

The variant comprised 1.7 percent of new Covid-19 cases in the country on December 1st. That had risen to 15.6 percent by December 11th.

Health authorities earlier this week said they expect the variant to become dominant in Denmark within the coming days.

“We are unfortunately seeing new Omicron cases increase day by day as expected. The increase is also making overall case numbers increase,” SSI director Henrik Ullum said in a statement.

“This confirms that the Omicron variant will present a large challenge to our society this winter,” Ullum added.

10 persons in Denmark are admitted to hospital with the Omicron variant as of Wednesday, according to SSI.

8,773 new infections in total were registered on Wednesday, a new record for the pandemic. 508 people are in hospital, 10 more than on Tuesday and the first time since February that the total has exceeded 500.

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Covid-19: Danish case numbers fall by almost one fifth

Fewer new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Denmark, with last week’s total 19 percent reduced compared to the week before.

Covid-19: Danish case numbers fall by almost one fifth

The latest report from the State Serum Institute (SSI), the Danish infectious disease agency, states 10,777 new cases were detected in the week commencing July 25th, equivalent to 183 cases per 100,000 residents.

The number of PCR tests administered also decreased 15 percent compared to the preceding week, however.

Declining viral loads in the wastewater system also suggest there’s a lower burden of infection in the country, according to SSI.

In the same period, new Covid-positive hospital admissions fell nearly a quarter, with a significant decline in the elderly population. 

There was also a significantly lower prevalence of infections among care home residents and social care sector staff, SSI states.

Last month, age concern charity Ældre Sagen called for the Danish Health Authority to bring forward planned booster vaccinations to care home residents after a 29 percent increase in new hospital admissions with the virus, with 60-89 year-olds particularly affected.

Booster vaccinations will be offered to everyone aged 50 and over this autumn.

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60 deaths among people who were infected with Covid-19 occurred last week, 10 more than the preceding week.

“But this is not a sign of excess deaths in the population in general,” SSI says in the report.

Omicron sub-variant BA.5 is still responsible for the lion’s share of Covid cases in Denmark, accounting for 92 percent of positive results in the week of July 18th. 

“There is no sign of concerning spread of other subvariants,” SSI writes.