Denmark tops 30,000 new Covid-19 cases for first time during pandemic

A total of 33,493 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Denmark on Wednesday.

A file photo from a Covid-19 test centre in Denmark. The country registered over 33,000 new cases of the virus on January 18th 2022.
A file photo from a Covid-19 test centre in Denmark. The country registered over 33,000 new cases of the virus on January 18th 2022. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The figure from national agency State Serum Institute exceeds the total from Monday, which was the existing record, by over 4,000.

The 33,493 cases were found among 193,130 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of 17.3 percent, the highest proportion of positive tests seen in one day in Denmark during the pandemic.

However, the number of patients receiving intensive care treatment for Covid-19 fell, continuing a recent decline in that number.

Of 810 patients in Danish hospitals with Covid-19, 49 are admitted to ICUs and 29 are receiving ventilator treatment. Those two figures are at their lowest levels since late November, before the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was dominant in Denmark.

The figure of 810 hospital patients can include people who are admitted to hospital for reasons other than Covid-19, but have also tested positive for the virus.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Monday that the country could be in a position to consider easing the current restrictions because the number of patients in intensive care with Covid-19 is declining.

The number of patients in hospital who have Covid (not just ICU patients) has also been stable in recent weeks.

The number of infections and number of hospitalised patients are not as closely correlated as they “once were”, Frederiksen said in an interview with newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“Of course we are at a place and in a situation where we must re-evaluate not only the current restrictions, of which there are not many remaining, but how we manage the situation in its entirety. That’s certainly what we’re doing in the government now,” 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.