Danish Covid-19 new cases total hits record levels again

An additional 28,780 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were registered in Denmark’s daily update on Monday.

Denmark registered over 28,000 new Covid-19 cases on January 17th for the second time during the pandemic.
Denmark registered over 28,000 new Covid-19 cases on January 17th for the second time during the pandemic. File photo: Helle Arensbak/Ritzau Scanpix

The number, from national agency State Serum Institute, is the highest so far recorded in Denmark during the pandemic. It exceeds the previous record of 28,283 set on January 5th and comes following a short-lived dip in new cases around the second weekend of the month.

A total of 170,095 PCR tests were taken, meaning the positivity rate for the 24-hour period was 16.9 percent. That is also higher than any other time during January.

The total number of people in hospital with Covid-19 increased by 68 to 802, the highest so far this winter. The figure can include people in hospital for other reasons than Covid-19 but who have tested positive for the virus. The total for hospitalised patients tends to skew upwards generally on Mondays due to fewer discharges during weekends.

The number of hospitalised patients is, however, relatively stable following an increase beginning in late autumn towards Christmas and may signal that Denmark is currently at the peak for hospitalisations under the current wave, an expert said.

“If this follows the mathematical laws of epidemics, it means that when the increase is not entirely apparent over a period of weeks, then we are, here in the middle of January, at the top of this (current) wave,” Henrik Nielsen, professor and senior medical consultant at Aalborg University Hospital’s infectious diseases department, told news wire Ritzau.

“We can then wait for it to begin to decline. My bid would be that it begins to fall within January and the coming weeks will gradually see fewer hospitalisations heading towards the spring,” Nielsen said.

Of the 802 persons in hospital with a positive Covid test on Monday, 52 are being treated at ICU wards with 37 on ventilators. That represents a reduction in the number of ICU patients compared to Friday last week.

57.1 percent of the population has received a Covid-19 booster vaccine.

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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.