Denmark reports ‘concerning’ peak in Omicron variant as cases triple in 48 hours
Danish health officials said on Sunday the country had seen a worrying increase to 183 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The number represented a tripling of confirmed cases in 48 hours, compared to 18 confirmed cases and 42 suspected cases on Friday, according to data from the SSI public health institute.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) had previously only identified 182 cases across the European Union, plus Norway and Iceland.
Denmark is one of the most advanced countries in Europe in the sequencing of coronavirus variants.
It often detects more cases faster than its neighbors, which doesn’t necessarily indicate higher infection rates.
The ISS chief said the increase in Omicron cases was “worrying” nonetheless, adding that “there are now chains of infection where the variant is found in people who have not traveled to it. foreigner or have not been in contact with travelers “.
Also on Sunday, the ECDC said Omicron had been reported in 17 of the countries it serves.
“The majority of confirmed cases have already traveled to countries in Africa, with some having taken connecting flights to other places between Africa and Europe,” ECDC said on its website before the Danish ad.
Nevertheless, “several EU / EEA countries (Belgium, Germany, Spain) have detected cases with no epidemiological link with areas where community transmission of the Omicron variant is documented or suspected,” he added.
“This indicates that undetected community transmission may be underway in these countries.”