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Covid-19: ICU patients in Denmark at lowest level for one month

The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care in Denmark fell on Friday to the lowest level in over a month, despite infection rates remaining high.

A file photo of hospital beds in Aalborg. The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care is not higher than it was in December 2021, despite high infection numbers in the intervening weeks.
A file photo of hospital beds in Aalborg. The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care is not higher than it was in December 2021, despite high infection numbers in the intervening weeks.File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

As of Friday morning, 60 Covid patients in Denmark were admitted to intensive care wards, according to official data from the State Serum Institute (SSI). The number is the lowest since December 11th, when 60 were also under ICU care.

36 of the 60 ICU patients are receiving ventilator treatment.

The numbers represent a small drop compared to Thursday, when 64 were admitted to ICUs with 38 on ventilator treatment.

An additional 23,614 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Friday. They were found among 191,374 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of 12.3 percent.

Daily totals for new infections have ranged between 22,000 and 25,000 this week after a dip in numbers across the last weekend.

757 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals nationally, including people admitted for reasons other than Covid-19 but who have returned a positive PCR test.

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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.

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