New national centre to help Denmark test 32,000 people for coronavirus every day  

Citizens must be referred by GPs or the 1813 hotline to be tested in the white tents or hospitals

New centre will drastically increase Denmark’s testing capacity (photo: Pixabay)
April 22nd, 2020 10:32 am| by Christian W

The big white field tents that have been erected in all five regions of Denmark will allow for the testing of 20,000 people every day, according to the Health Ministry. 

The tents, coupled with the country’s expected testing capacity, means that Denmark expects to be able to test 22,000 people for the coronavirus on a daily basis as part of the new national testing centre, TestCenter Danmark. 

“Now we can ensure the timely treatment of citizens with COVID-19. We can follow the infection development in society and implement that knowledge actively when we gradually reopen Denmark,” said the health minister, Magnus Heunicke. 

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Must be referred
The tents have been set up by the government in co-operation with the regional authority and pharma giant Novo Nordisk, and they will include coronavirus antibody testing.

It is important to underline that citizens cannot just show up at the white tents or at hospitals to be tested.

Instead, citizens must call their general practitioner (GP) or the emergency hotline (1813) to be referred.  

The new government guidelines mean that the following groups can now, or very shortly, be tested for the coronavirus: 

– People will light symptoms (NOW) 

– Workers in the health and elderly sector who have light respiratory symptoms (NOW) 

– Patients with moderate to serious respiratory symptoms to evaluation and testing (NOW) 

– People defined as being close contacts to a confirmed coronavirus case (As soon as possible) 

– Patients who expect to be hospitalised for more than 24 hours (fully implemented by April 27) 

– Patients who require procedures that are estimated to be of particular risk (fully implemented by April 27) 

– Residents and staff at institutions that have had a confirmed coronavirus case (fully implemented by April 27)