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‘One in three’ in Denmark have had Covid-19 since November 2021

Denmark’s State Serum Institute (SSI) estimates that a third of the country’s adult population has had Covid-19 since November 1st last year.

An unrelated file photo of PCR test samples. Danish health authorities estimate just under a third of the country's adult population has contracted Covid-19 since November 2021.
An unrelated file photo of PCR test samples. Danish health authorities estimate just under a third of the country's adult population has contracted Covid-19 since November 2021. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Based on studies of blood from blood donors to ascertain an accurate idea of the spread of the virus throughout the population, SSI arrived at the figure, which is considered to be an important metric in projecting the current spread of the virus.

The percentage should be considered an estimate, the infectious disease agency said in a statement.

“We need to know the total number of people who have been infected and are therefore immune to better predict how the epidemic will develop in the coming period,” SSI director Henrik Ullum said in a press statement.

The agency used the number of positive recorded PCR tests as well as donor blood to reach the estimate, which is 32 percent of the adult population.

“32 percent of the healthy adult population between the ages of 18 and 72 have been infected (with Covid-19) between November 1st last year and January 28th this year,” SSI said in the statement.

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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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