Covid infections in Denmark at lowest since January

The number of Covid cases in Denmark is the lowest since January this year, according to data from Danish public health institute Statens Serum Institut (SSI).

A health worker takes a nasal sample from a woman for a Covid test
With only PCR and home tests available in Denmark after Sunday, a large number of infections will go unrecorded. (Photo by Evert Elzinga / ANP / AFP) 

In the last 24 hours, 10,827 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, SSI figures show.

Henrik Nielsen, professor and chief physician at the Department of Infectious Diseases at Aalborg University Hospital, believes that today’s infection rate fits in with expectations of the infection rate over the past few weeks, he told Danish news agency Ritzau.

“That is that the epidemic is declining, and that during March we will see a further decrease in the spread of infection. And also a drop in the number of hospital admissions with Covid-19,” he said.

Nielsen believes that in the spring and around Easter there could be as few as 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus daily.

Sunday is the last day that rapid test centres will be open in Denmark. After this, people will only be able to have PCR tests done or do home tests themselves. 

According to Nielsen, this means that there may be a large number of infections that go unrecorded.

“So even though the numbers are low, there are probably more than those we catch,” he said.

Of 40,972 PCR samples, 10,827 or 26.4 percent, tested positive for Covid-19.

526 of the people who have tested positive in the last 24 hours were reinfections – people who had previously been confirmed to have had Covid-19.


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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.