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COVID-19 STATS

Over 38,000 new Covid-19 cases registered in Denmark

A total of 38,759 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Denmark on Wednesday, setting another hitherto record for the pandemic.

An information sign for face masks at Danish rail stations during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Nordic country registered almost 39,000 new cases on January 19th 2022, a new record.
An information sign for face masks at Danish rail stations during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Nordic country registered almost 39,000 new cases on January 19th 2022, a new record. File photo: Ólafur Steinar Rye Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

The figure is almost 10,000 more than the record as it stood just two days ago and more than 5,000 over the figure from Tuesday, which was the existing record.

224,485 PCR tests were taken during the last day, meaning the test positivity rate was 17.27 percent or around one in six tests.

The total number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital in Denmark is now 821, 11 more than on Tuesday. This number can include Covid positive people who are receiving hospital treatment for conditions other than Covid.

50 people are admitted to intensive care due to Covid-19, with 30 of them receiving ventilator treatment. Those numbers remain stable this week and have fallen slightly since late December.

“As long as the number of hospitalised patients does not increase – and especially the number of patients in intensive care, which is a reflection of how sick the patients are getting – then you have to say that transmission is present throughout the community but does not give rise to the population becoming terribly ill,” Christian Wamberg, the head doctor at the intensive care unit at Copenhagen’s Bispebjerg Hospital, told news wire Ritzau.

“That is probably due to the vaccines and that the (Omicron variant) is not as dangerous,” Wamberg said.

Around 3.4 million people in Denmark – just under 60 percent of the population – has so far received a Covid-19 booster vaccination.

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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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