COPENHAGEN, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – Denmark reported a record number of new daily coronavirus infections on Wednesday, data from the country’s Serum Institute shows.
The Scandinavian country, which has already confirmed some cases of the new Omicron variant, reported 5,120 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. That is 2.6% of the total number of people tested during the 24-hour period.
The number of hospitalizations and deaths thanks to vaccines remains well below a year-ago peak.
Immediately after the announcement, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called a press conference for 1700 GMT to keep abreast of vaccination efforts and the spread of Omicron.
The Danish infectious diseases authority said in a separate statement it had registered two more cases of Omicron, bringing the total number to six. Five cases were related to travel in South Africa and one in Qatar.
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Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Alex Richardson
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