Though we are not yet back among the figures seen at the height of the pandemic in March, there has been a worrying increase in the proportion of tests returning positive in recent weeks.
“The highest we’ve seen in a long time”
In yesterday’s update, Statens Serum Institut announced that 461 new coronavirus cases had been recorded in Denmark in the previous 24 hours. With nine more people hospitalised, and a total of 17 currently in intensive care. Via a post on Facebook, health minister Magnus Heunicke outlined the current situation in Denmark and abroad.
“Last week a larger percentage of those tested were positive for coronavirus. The so-called positive percentage has risen… [On Thursday] the positive percentage was up to 1.3 percent. The level we are currently seeing is the highest we’ve seen in a long time. That development worries me,” Heunicke stated in his post.
The positive percentage itself is not necessarily a sign that the fight against coronavirus is going badly. If testing is being directed to the right places, this could in fact be an indicator that a targeted approach is working successfully.