Copenhagen closing in on max capacity for COVID-19 patients

As hospitalisations soar, the capital region enters into dialogue to move patients to other areas of Denmark

Yesterday, figures from the State Serum Institute (SSI) revealed a record 713 people being hospitalised with COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours.

One aspect of the data in particular caught the eye: well over half (389) were in Copenhagen.

In fact, if you look at SSI’s statistics, the municipalities with the most cases per capita are all in or near the Copenhagen Region (see list below).

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Reaching critical levels
It’s gotten to the point where City Hall has entered into talks relating to moving patients elsewhere in the country.

To put it bluntly, the capital is approaching its maximum capacity for COVID-19 patients.

“We are in a position where we see 30-40 more new admissions every day than we see discharges, so the pressure is mounting at the hospitals,” Kristian Antonsen, the deputy head of Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg hospitals, told DR Nyheder.

“We are very close to max capacity and if the trend continues, we can expect to surpass 500 and maybe 600 admitted patients between Christmas and New Year.”

(photo: SSI)