Easy as ABC for delta: Corona infection rate on the increase again

Reproduction rate has risen from 0.9 to 1.2 over the past week, according to the Health Ministry

Some 542 new infections have been registered in the last 24 hours, confirms Statens Serum Institut – the highest number in Denmark for a month.

And it gets worse. Not only is the Delta strain (664 cases so far) expected to be the dominant variant anytime now, but the reproduction rate has risen from 0.9 to 1.2 over the past week, according to the Health Ministry.

This means that for every ten new cases, they are likely to pass it on to 12 more.

Furthermore, there are now 43 people in hospital – a rise of three since yesterday.

Not too concerning
“The numbers are not surprising,” said Professor Eskild Petersen from Aarhus University, an expert on infectious diseases, according to TV2. 

“On the one hand, we have eased the restrictions, and this increases the risk of infection. In part, the more infectious Delta variant is on its way to taking over the picture. What we can do is get as many people vaccinated as possible.”

However, he is not overly concerned.

“Sure, there are black clouds on the horizon, in the form of several new varieties, and our vaccine coverage is not yet where we want it,” he conceded. “We are in a situation where we have very good control over the epidemic.”





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