Covid-19: One third of Danish PCR tests positive with daily total back at 50,000

The proportion of positive Covid-19 tests in Denmark reached a record level on Tuesday with almost one third of PCR tests detecting the coronavirus.

People wait for Covid-19 testing in Denmark in December.
People wait for Covid-19 testing in Denmark in December. A high proportion of PCR tests are currently returning positive results. photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

49,798 new cases of the virus were registered on Tuesday with 156,693 tests taken.

That gives a test positivity rate of just under 32 percent, which is the highest seen in Denmark during the pandemic according to broadcaster DR.

The figure of just under 50,000 is at the higher end of the range for daily totals recorded this month, which had fallen to below 40,000 in recent days.

The number of positive cases in circulation may be higher than the PCR test results indicate, however.

According to national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute (SSI), only around half of all cases in recent months have actually been detected by PCR testing. That may be in part because many people do not develop symptoms and therefore do not seek a test, according to the agency’s assessment.

The country last week ended almost all Covid-19 restrictions, reducing the demand for a negative Covid-19 test for a valid coronapas (Covid-19 health pass).

The number of patients at Danish hospitals who have Covid-19 is also higher than it has ever been before. The total on Tuesday was 1,315 people. However the number of hospital patients who are being treated for Covid-19 is considerably lower, because the figure also includes patients who are in hospital for other reasons but who have also tested positive for the virus.

39 people in Denmark are currently being treated for Covid-19 in intensive care units, with 15 receiving ventilator assistance. Those numbers have approximately halved since the beginning of 2022.

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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.