Denpa News Denmark recorded a record number of COVID-19 infection cases last Monday after easing its lockdown for a month. However, Danish authorities insist that the Omicron has milder symptoms than previously thought.
The Nordic country recorded 28,780 new cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours. In addition, the number of hospitalized patients related to corona virus infection rose to 802 people, the highest number in a year.
However, health authorities said that about 29 percent of the patients admitted to the hospital were there due to illnesses other than COVID-19.
Since peaking with 82 patients on January 6, the number of COVID-19 in intensive care in Denmark has steadily fallen to 52 on Monday.
To that end, Danish lawmakers last week agreed to relax restrictive measures, including by reopening theaters, cinemas, museums, amusement parks and botanical gardens. As well as allowing a limited number of spectators to attend sporting events indoors and outdoors, although the Omicron variant is still threatening.
Denmark has a very high COVID-19 vaccination rate, with four out of five citizens having received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. While more than half of the country’s population has received a booster vaccine or a third shot.
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Denmark Provides 4th COVID-19 Booster Vaccine for Vulnerable Groups
The Danish government will provide booster vaccine 4th COVID-19 According to Health Minister Magnus Heunicke, as reported by Reuters on Thursday, January 13, 2022, this was done because the country was faced with record cases of the Omicron variant.
However, hospitalization and death rates remained stable amid an increase in cases. “Now we are entering a new phase, namely a decision to give the 4th dose to the most vulnerable residents,” said Heunicke.
The move came as lawmakers agreed to relax COVID-19 restrictions over the weekend, including reopening cinemas and music venues.
EU drug regulators have doubts about the need for a 4th booster vaccine. According to them, there is currently no data to support this procedure and they are looking for more data regarding the Omicron variant.
Another EU member, Hungary, said it was considering injecting a fourth vaccine. While Chile and Israel have already launched the program.
Denmark saw a spike in daily COVID-19 cases in mid-December, prompting further restrictions such as the closure of theaters, cinemas, amusement parks and press conference centres.
Store visitor restrictions were also imposed. “We’re not in the worst case scenario,” Heunicke said at a press conference. “We managed to control the epidemic. This is thanks to the persistence of the whole community.”
According to data from the Statens Serum Institute (SSI), people who are not injected with the vaccine are 5-6 times more likely to be hospitalized after infection than those who receive the vaccine.
A total of 3,433 citizens in the Scandinavian country have died since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest official data published Wednesday.
Denmark with a population of 5.8 million people has so far recorded more than one million cases of COVID-19. With more than 90 percent of cases appearing in the last few weeks due to the Omicron variant.
Denmark is one of the countries with vaccination achievements COVID-19 very high . At least four out of five residents have received the complete vaccine and only half of the population has received the booster vaccine.