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Denmark releases data for Omicron related Covid-19 deaths

A total of 18 people died in Denmark up to late December after testing positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

People queue for Covid-19 tests in Copenhagen in December 2021. 18 deaths related to the Omicron variant occurred in the country up to December 28th.
People queue for Covid-19 tests in Copenhagen in December 2021. 18 deaths related to the Omicron variant occurred in the country up to December 28th. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

The national infectious disease agency, State Serum Institute (SSI) on Tuesday released data for deaths with the variant for the first time.

The 18 deaths occurred between November 21st and December 28th and came from 55,691 registered cases with the variant.

No further details of the individuals – such as their ages or the presence of underlying disease – was given.

In the same period, 100 Covid-19 deaths were registered amongst 127,146 cases with other variants. The Delta variant was dominant in Denmark prior to the emergence of Omicron.

As such, the number of deaths with Omicron is approximately half of that compared to other variants. However, it should be noted that Omicron is a new variant and there is a lag between infection and serious illness leading to death with the coronavirus.

Head of department and senior consultant at SSI, Tyra Grove Krause, said on Monday that the risk of being admitted to hospital with the Omicron Covid-19 variant appears to be around half of that with the Delta variant.

After first emerging in Denmark in late November, the Omicron variant became the dominant form of the virus last month.

In data from December 28th, SSI estimated that around 90 percent of new cases of Covid-19 are caused by Omicron. The agency no longer tests all positive tests to determine the variant but screens a representative proportion.

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Covid-19: New Danish data indicate subsiding summer wave

A recent increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in Denmark appears to be declining, according to new data issued on Tuesday.

Covid-19: New Danish data indicate subsiding summer wave

The reproduction rate or R-number for the coronavirus is now estimated to be 0.8. A value less than 1.0 indicates a declining epidemic.

The last two weeks have seen the figure estimated at 1.1 and 1.0 as the new BA. 5 subvariant of the Omicron Covid variant became dominant in Denmark.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed the updated number in a social media post and added that samples from sewage water also indicate the virus is now retreating.

“This fits with the picture we are seeing in other countries that have had a wave with BA. 5,” Heunicke wrote.

The observation of the trend in Denmark remains “uncertain” for the time being, he also noted.

University of Copenhagen Professor of Virology Allan Randrup Thomsen called the weekly number “very positive”.

“It seems as though [the subvariant growth] has stabilised,” Thomsen said.

“We’ve been unsure about how it was going with this summer wave and how high it will go,” he said.

People in Denmark can “generally relax and enjoy the summer,” he said.

“But I would still recommend those in vulnerable groups to accept the offer of an extra vaccine booster,” he added.

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