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COVID-19 STATS

Danish hospitals ‘beginning to feel strain’ of Covid admissions

Denmark’s health system is feeling the strain of the ongoing high Covid-19 infection rate with close to 800 people in hospital with the virus, an expert said.

A file photo of Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet. Covid-19 hospital admissions are currently just under 800 in the Nordic country, with senior medics reporting strain on hospital departments.
A file photo of Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet. Covid-19 hospital admissions are currently just under 800 in the Nordic country, with senior medics reporting strain on hospital departments. Photo: Hannah Mckay/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

229 new admissions occurred on Monday this week. High admission numbers are offset to some extent by discharges, but the net figure for people in hospital with the virus has generally increased in recent weeks.

A small drop in the number of patients with Covid-19 at Danish hospitals was registered on Wednesday, with the 784 admitted patients 10 fewer than on Tuesday. However, the number of people in Danish hospitals with the virus was 517 on December 16th and 439 on December 1st.

It should be noted that the number can include people in hospital for unrelated reasons who test positive for Covid-19 during their stay.

“In our region we are moving patients from one hospital to another because of (capacity), and we are constantly trying to even things out between hospitals,” Kasper Karmark Iversen, senior medical consultant and professor at the University of Copenhagen and Herlev-Gentofte Hospital, told news wire Ritzau on Tuesday.

“But we are beginning to feel the strain now,” he said.

794 people were admitted to hospitals with Covid-19 at the time the comments were published.

A further 28,283 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Wednesday, a new record for the pandemic in the Nordic country.

The record-high number of new infections was found amongst 231,270 PCR tests. That is the highest number of PCR tests administered in a day throughout the pandemic.

High infection rates are expected to continue throughout January, as outlined by SSI earlier this week.

“This is expected with the infectious variant we have and our quite open society. We must all expect to meet the virus in some context in the coming time,” Henrik Nielsen, professor and senior medical consultant at Aalborg University Hospital’s infectious diseases department, told Ritzau.

Nielsen sounded a positive note after the small decrease in the hospitalisations total on Wednesday.

“I’m choosing to see the positive side of the (recent) trend for hospital admissions to increase has not continued today. We must now see over the next week whether the peak has been reached,” he said.

READ ALSO: Denmark sets latest Covid-19 cases record amid high testing

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  1. ”It should be noted that the number can include people in hospital for unrelated reasons who test positive for Covid-19 during their stay.”

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COVID-19 STATS

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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