Covid-19: Omicron share of Danish cases continues rise

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
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.

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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