There are signs that the Covid-19 epidemic has begun to subside in Denmark during the winter holidays.
This is the overall conclusion in the latest trend report from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI).
According to the report, the number of new cases of infection decreased by as much as 24% from week 6 to week 7. This is a change compared to the development from week 5 to week 6, where the number of new cases of infection increased by 7%.
The decrease can also be immediately read on the incidence for the whole country, which was a total of 4,081 cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants in week 7 against 5,395 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants in week 6.
The decline in the number of cases of infection has been felt in all five regions of the country. At least in the North Jutland Region, where the incidence decreased by approximately 21% from week 6 to week 7, while in the other four regions it decreased by 24% -26%.
The incidence is also still highest in the North Jutland Region, where in week 7 it fell to 5,717 covid-19 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants. This is followed by the Central Jutland Region with an incidence of 4,879 covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in week 7.
The Capital Region of Denmark still has the lowest incidence and has had it since week 4. Here the incidence fell by a further quarter in week 7 to 2,889 covid-19 cases per week. 100,000 inhabitants.
However, the positive percentage is stable at 40.1% in week 7 compared to 39.8% in week 6. That is, more than 4 out of 10 of all PCR tests taken in week 7 were positive.
“Test activity has declined during the winter holidays, but despite the decline in test activity, we do not see a positive percentage increase. At the same time, we are seeing a decrease in the number of cases of infection, and this points in the direction that the infection may be declining, ”says ward doctor Rebecca Legarth from SSI.
“We can also see a stagnation in the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater at national level, however with an increase in the Capital Region. Overall, therefore, it indicates that the infection is stable or stagnant, but there is uncertainty about the week’s results due to the winter holidays. ”
If you look at who gets infected, the pattern changes compared to the beginning of the year. The infection now falls in virtually all age groups except among the 70-79-year-olds and the age group from 80 years and up.
But the infection is still highest among the 25-29-year-olds in week 7, where it was 4,715 covid-19 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants full of the 30-39-year-olds with an incidence of 4,704 per. 100,000 inhabitants in week 7.
Nationwide, the incidence was 4,081 covid-19 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants against 5,395 covid-19 cases the week before.
Overall, the number of covid-19-related deaths has been stable in the first three weeks of the year at 106-111 deaths per week. Since then, it started to rise. First to 137 deaths in week 4 and 145 deaths in week 5, while in week 6 there were 209 covid-related deaths. By week 7, the number had reached 210 deaths.
As in recent weeks, the report includes inventories of validated causes of death among the covid-19-registered deaths.
“The survey shows that the proportion of people who are estimated to die from a cause other than covid-19 has increased in the past month, and the increase has occurred in parallel with the number of covid-19-related deaths having increased. From week 3, the proportion of deaths that have occurred for a reason other than covid-19 has increased to 50% “, says Rebecca Legarth.
The same is seen around the covid-19-related admissions. In week 5, the proportion of admissions due to covid-19 decreased to 50% against 52% in week 4.