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Covid-19: Denmark’s daily infection number back over 20,000

A further 22,396 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were registered by Denmark’s State Serum Insitute on Tuesday.

Denmark's daily total of new Covid-19 cases exceeded 20,000 on January 11th for the first time in six days.
Denmark's daily total of new Covid-19 cases exceeded 20,000 on January 11th for the first time in six days. File photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

The latest daily total for new cases of the coronavirus is the highest since January 5th, and is also the first time the total has exceeded 20,000 since that day.

The 22,396 new cases were detected among 184,204 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of 12.2 percent according to The Local’s calculation.

After the middle of last week saw several days with infection numbers between 25,000 and 28,000, the highest Denmark has seen throughout the pandemic, the daily total dropped just before the end of the week.

Monday’s update showed that 14,414 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Denmark during the preceding day. It was also under 20,000 on Saturday and Sunday.

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As of Tuesday morning, 754 people were admitted to hospitals in Denmark with Covid-19. That is 23 fewer than on Monday.

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 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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