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: Danish authorities ’not concerned’ after new subvariant detected

A new subvariant of Covid-19 has been detected in Denmark. Health authorities say they are monitoring the situation.

Covid-19: Danish authorities ’not concerned’ after new subvariant detected

The new variant was first detected in India around three months ago and has now been detected in Denmark for the first time with two confirmed cases, news wire Ritzau reports.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed the variant had been found in Denmark in a Twitter post on Saturday.

The variant, BJ.1, is a subvariant of the existing Omicron form of the coronavirus and was first registered in India on July 2nd. It has since been detected in four other countries.

“Two cases of the new Covid-19 subvariant BJ.1 have been found in Denmark,” Heunicke wrote.

“It is completely expected that BJ.1 would appear in Denmark and the State Serum Institute [national infectious disease control agency, ed.] is not currently concerned but is following the situation closely,” he said.

It is currently unclear whether BJ.1, also termed BA.2.10.1, can be expected to cause more serious symptoms than the current dominant form of Omicron.

“BJ.1 has more mutations to the spike protein than subvariants of the dominant BA.5, but the importance of these mutations is not known for certain,” Heunicke wrote.

The most recent infection trends report, issued last week by the State Serum Institute, stated that infection numbers in people aged 60 and over had increased during the preceding week. Infection numbers have been otherwise stable in all age groups in recent weeks.

Denmark currently only recommends a PCR test for Covid-19 for people at risk of serious illness who suspect they have the virus.

Last week’s infection trends report noted that BJ.1 was yet to be detected in Denmark.