Denmark registers drop in new Covid-19 cases and positivity rate

Friday saw an additional 18,261 cases of Covid-19 registered in Denmark, according to official figures.

A file photo of Covid-19 testing in Denmark.
A file photo of Covid-19 testing in Denmark. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The number of new infections is therefore lower than in preceding days this week, which has seen between 25,000 and 28,000 cases each day.

Updated figures released by the national infectious disease agency State Serum Insitute (SSI) show that 194,677 tests were administered. The test positivity rate for the last day is therefore 9.4 percent.

This is the lowest value for the test positivity rate so far in January, during which it has generally been close to 12 percent.

Friday’s numbers could be evidence that the current wave of infections is calming after a steep increase around Christmas and New Year, but this should be treated with caution, an expert said.

“These are still very high numbers, but the total number of infections has stopped increasing. It is therefore a sign that we have some level of control over the epidemic. That is at least what we should hope for,” Viggo Andreasen, associate professor of mathematical epidemiology at Roskilde University, told news agency Ritzau.

Andreasen noted that the infection numbers are so far stable following the reopening of schools on January 5th after the Christmas break.

“It’s very reassuring that children, who have previously carried infection, are not starting at school while we have an epidemic in steep growth,” he said.

He noted that the return of schools could give some momentum back to the epidemic, however.

The number of patients with Covid-19 at Danish hospitals fell by one on Friday and is now 755. It reached 794 on Tuesday, the highest figure since the peak of the 2020-21 winter wave.

It should be noted that the total for hospital patients includes patients who have tested positive for Covid-19, but are in hospital for other reasons.

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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.