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.

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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.