SSI expects rising infection rate as Denmark opens further

Young people are particularly driving the case spike, but leading health officials are not concerned as of yet

Friday marked a further reopening of COVID-19 restrictions in Denmark.

Previously, the majority in the Parliament came up with an agreement to let schools, universities, sports and cultural facilities, and indoor businesses (nightclubs aside) open with COVID-19 pas requirement.

This new phase of reopening also means that indoor and outdoor assemblies will be lifted to 50 and 100 people, respectively. 

Rising positive rate, no worries
As expected, the increased infection rate due to the reopening has led to 1,214 new cases being registered on Thursday. 

Tyra Grove Krause, the head of department at the State Serum Institute stated that the current 0.65 positive percentage did not worry her.

“It is expected that the infection rates will increase after the reopening. We are getting vaccinated more and more, and therefore we can accept higher infection rates now,” she told TV2.

However she believes that the more contagious new variants are, the higher the the infection rate will be.

“We can see that it is young people who are driving the infection rates and, while we seem to have quite a few hospitalisations, we still have not seen the infection rate increase significantly,” she added.

Find more about Denmark’s current reopening here.