Denmark hits Covid-19 milestone with one million infections since start of pandemic

Almost two years since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in Denmark, the country has now registered over one million cases of the coronavirus.

Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli closed in April 2020, as it is at the time of writing in 2022, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli closed in April 2020, as it is at the time of writing in 2022, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

In total, 1,000,009 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Denmark since the beginning of the global pandemic. The Nordic country has a population of just over 5,800,000.

The milestone could be seen as the country’s infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI) updated its daily total for new infections on Wednesday.

If repeat infections are included (when a person has had Covid twice or more), the total count is 1,030,638.

Infections remain at a high rate in early January 2022, with 24,343 new cases recorded on Wednesday.

The highest number of infections in a day throughout the pandemic was 28,283, registered on January 5th this year.

SSI and the Danish Health Authority reported the country’s first case of the coronavirus February 27th 2020.

“We must expect to see more cases in the coming days and weeks,” the health authority said in a statement at the time.

A national lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen within weeks, on March 11th 2020, and the country went through a second lockdown during the following winter and has experienced long periods with varying forms of restrictions.

Over 56 million PCR tests and 57 million antigen tests for Covid-19 have been conducted since January 2020, according to SSI data.

3,433 people in Denmark have lost their lives due to Covid-19.

Millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines have meanwhile been administered since December 2020, when the Danish vaccination programme commenced.

Pandemic researcher Professor Lone Simonsen of Roskilde University told broadcaster DR on Tuesday that the current wave of the virus, driven by the Omicron variant, could be the last phase in which Covid-19 infections constitute a pandemic.

“We will now have an almighty wave of Omicron, which will trickle down in February or March. After that the spring and summer will come when we are used to things going much better with the virus,” Simonsen said.

“After that it will be autumn and at that point I think we will be finished with the pandemic phase,” she 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.