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Danish PM says new Covid restrictions needed after 9,999 new cases recorded

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Thursday she is “in no doubt” that new Covid-19 restrictions are necessary as the country registered almost 10,000 new cases of the virus.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on December 16th she expects renewed Covid-19 restrictions, as the country registered a record 9,999 new cases.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on December 16th she expects renewed Covid-19 restrictions, as the country registered a record 9,999 new cases. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Infectious disease agency State Serum Institute said 9,999 new cases of the virus were registered on Thursday.

The figure is a new record daily total for Denmark during the pandemic. The previous record, set 24 hours earlier, was 8,773 new cases.

The number of hospitalised patients increased by nine to 517, the highest number since February 1st.

In a post on Facebook on Thursday afternoon, Frederiksen wrote that she “is in no doubt that new measures will be necessary to break transmission chains”.

“Infection levels are, unfortunately as expected, very, very high. Authorities will provide a status later today,” she also wrote.

A press briefing by health authorities is scheduled for Thursday evening. No politicians are scheduled to be involved, as is the case when restrictions are announced.

The Epidemic Commission, the independent advisory board which advises the government on Covid-19 restrictions, was earlier considering whether new measures are necessary.

Health spokespersons from the various parliamentary parties have meanwhile been summoned to a meeting on Friday morning for the purposes of “orientation.” 

The parliamentary Epidemic Committee, which must agree to not oppose new restrictions in order for them to be implemented, will also meet Friday, which means new measures could potentially be green lighted by the weekend.

READ ALSO: What new Covid-19 restrictions could Denmark introduce?

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Covid-19: Virus remains on downward trend in Denmark in latest report

The number of Covid-19 infections in Denmark is still declining, as has been the trend for some weeks.

Covid-19: Virus remains on downward trend in Denmark in latest report

In addition to confirmed cases, the number of PCR tests administered to check for the virus is also falling. Authorities recently announced that PCR testing capacity would be halved, before a strategy for testing next winter is announced later this year.

The continued falloff in cases was one of the trends noted in a new report from the infectious disease agency, State Serum Institute (SSI). The report is based on data from the most recent week.

During the period covered by the report, the number of new cases of Covid-19 fell by 18 percent, meaning 82 in 100,000 residents of Denmark tested positive for Covid-19.

The number of PCR tests fell by 14 percent during the same period, with around 7,000 tests administered each day.

“Transmission in the community is falling in general and across all age groups,” SSI medical head of department Rebecca Legarth told news wire Ritzau.

The decline in number of new recorded cases may be linked to the reduction in recorded number of hospital patients with a positive Covid test.

Last week saw the number of hospitalised people with Covid-19 fall by 23 percent. Not all people in hospital who have the virus are being treated for it, with their hospitalisation being for other reasons in many cases.

Denmark ended its Covid-19 restrictions in February and March, while health authorities also changed recommendations on when a PCR test should be taken.

In March, the Danish Health Authority changed its recommendations on when people with suspected Covid-19 should be tested for the coronavirus, with testing now only recommended if there is a “special medical reason” for doing so.

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