Covid-19: Over 1,000 Danish hospital patients have coronavirus

The number of inpatients at Danish hospitals with a positive Covid-19 test on Monday exceeded 1,000. Many of those patients are admitted for reasons other than the coronavirus.

The number of Covid-19 patients in Danish hospitals is now over 1,000, but many were not admitted because of Covid-19.
The number of Covid-19 patients in Danish hospitals is now over 1,000, but many were not admitted because of Covid-19. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI) said on Monday that 255 people with Covid-19 had been admitted to hospitals during the previous day.

Once discharges from hospital treatment are subtracted, the overall figure for people with Covid-19 in Danish hospitals now stands at 1,028.

The number of Covid-19 hospital patients has not exceeded 1,000 at any previous time during the pandemic. The previous high figure, from January 4th 2021, was 964.

However, the four-figure total is less concerning than it appears on the surface because of the large number of patients who have Covid-19 but are being treated in hospital for other reasons.

According to SSI figures, 238 of the 1,028 inpatients with Covid-19 are admitted at psychiatric departments.

The number of patients in intensive care is falling, meanwhile. As of Monday, 23 people are in ICU treatment due to Covid-19 with 15 of those receiving ventilator assistance.

A further 29,084 cases of Covid-19 were registered by SSI on Monday. That is a lower figure than that seen on most days last week, when it was generally over 40,000 and sometimes 50,000 new positive tests.

However, Sunday saw a much lower number of PCR tests – 127,938 tests – administered compared to usual. That is likely to be because of the temporary closure of test centres and people choosing to stay at home due to Storm Malik, news wire Ritzau reported.

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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.