Denmark records almost 47,000 new Covid-19 cases

The last day saw another record-high number of new cases of Covid-19 registered in Denmark.

Denmark's Covid-19 infection numbers have reached unprecedented heights this week, but hospital admissions are yet to exceed early 2021.
Denmark's Covid-19 infection numbers have reached unprecedented heights this week, but hospital admissions are yet to exceed early 2021. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Data from the State Serum Institute (SSI) shows and additional 46,831 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Friday, around 6,000 more than the total on Thursday, which was also a record.

268,092 PCR tests were taken, meaning around one in six tests returned a positive result. That is a similar proportion to that seen in recent days.

Fewer people are in hospital with Covid-19 compared to Thursday, with that figure falling by 12 to 813. The number includes people who have tested positive to Covid-19 but are in hospital for other reasons.

The number for inpatients with Covid-19 is lower than the highest figure during the 2020/21 winter, which was 964 on January 4th last year. However daily infections last winter did not exceed 5,000 in a day at any time and only exceeded 4,000 on a handful of occasions.

An SSI-led study on Thursday 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.

“It’s a positive thing that most people don’t get so ill. But we should remember that there’s a group of particularly vulnerable people who cannot protect themselves against these dramatic infection numbers and will still get seriously ill,” Åse Bengård Andersen, senior consultant in infectious diseases at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, told news wire Ritzau.

Andersen also said Denmark’s high vaccination rates had contributed to a lower hospitalisation number.

The consultant told Ritzau that a continuation of the current requirements to wear face masks in settings including public transport and in stores would be reasonable given the risk to vulnerable groups of the uncontrolled infection rate.

The government has promised to present its plan next week for how restrictions will continue into February.

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.