Denmark registers over 40,000 Covid cases in a day for the first time

A record 40,626 new cases of Covid-19 were registered by health authorities in Denmark on Thursday, the first time the number has exceeded 40,000.

Illustration photo. Denmark has detected over 40,000 cases of Covid-19 in a day for the first time during the pandemic.
Illustration photo. Denmark has detected over 40,000 cases of Covid-19 in a day for the first time during the pandemic. Photo: Dado Ruvic/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The number of positive tests registered each day in Denmark is currently higher than at any other time during the pandemic, with the total topping 40,000 for the first time on Thursday according to the most recent update from the infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI).

The figure is also almost 12,000 more than the record as it stood just three days ago.

The number of people in hospital with the coronavirus can include Covid positive people who are receiving hospital treatment for conditions other than Covid.

Last winter, the daily infections total did not exceed 5,000 at any time and only exceeded 4,000 on a handful of occasions.

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 stands at 825 on Thursday, four more than on Wednesday. However, that is a lower number than the highest figure during the 2020/21 winter, which was 964 on January 4th last year.

An SSI-led study has found that the risk of hospitalisation is around 36 percent lower with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 compared to the Delta variant, the agency said on Thursday. It also concluded that vaccination against Covid-19 can prevent three out of four hospital admissions, both Omicron and Delta-related.

The study is in pre-print form, meaning it is yet to undergo peer review.

READ ALSO: Danish study concludes ’36 percent’ lower risk of Covid-19 hospitalisation with Omicron variant

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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.