Denmark sets latest Covid-19 cases record amid high testing

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

Denmark set a record for daily Covid-19 infections on January 5th 2022 with over 28,000 new cases, while also setting a record for the number of tests.
Denmark set a record for daily Covid-19 infections on January 5th 2022 with over 28,000 new cases, while also setting a record for the number of tests. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

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, according to data from the national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI).

The positivity rate for the test is just over 12 percent, in line with the proportion for positive tests on most days since late December last year.

2,083 of the cases are classed as re-infections, meaning they occurred in people who have previously tested positive for Covid-19.

In Copenhagen, the seven-day incidence for the virus is 2,894 per 100,000 residents. That is the fourth highest rate in the country behind the Tårnby, Herlev and Hillerød municipalities, which are all located in the Greater Copenhagen region.

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 news wire Ritzau.

“As long as there are receptive Danes who have not had the infection yet, there will continue to be a high daily infection number. I think this will continue in January,” he said.

A small drop in the number of patients with Covid-19 at Danish hospitals was registered on Thursday, with the 784 admitted patients 10 fewer than on Tuesday.

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

“Only a minority appear to be getting seriously ill and hospitalised. That’s the positive side of it,” Nielsen said.

“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.

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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.