Strict anti-epidemic rules in the country were extended by three weeks on Wednesday.
A much more contagious South African version of the new coronavirus has also emerged in Denmark, and the number of infections caused by a particularly rapidly spreading mutation from the UK is rising. The health authorities of the northern European country said on Saturday that
they found the first man infected with a South African mutant of the virus. He had previously been to Dubai.
In Denmark, strict anti-epidemic rules were extended by three weeks on Wednesday with the aim of curbing the spread of the mutated British virus from Britain. Authorities expect the British virus mutation B117 to be the dominant pathogen by mid-February. Denmark has become at the forefront of screening for coronavirus mutations, as most positive tests are subjected to genome sequencing analysis.
Between mid-November and January 10, 256 Danes became infected with the British virus, a figure that corresponded to 1.3 percent of the positive tests genetically analyzed during that period. In the first week of January, however, that rate was already 3.6 percent.
Authorities concerned about the growth have therefore decided to extend restrictions to curb the spread of the epidemic. Preliminary data show that 11 of those infected with the mutant British virus went abroad, five of them in Britain, but it is not known whether the disease was collected abroad or at home. In Denmark, more than 188,000 people have been infected with the new coronavirus since the outbreak began, with more than 1,700 dead. The rate of recovery from the disease is 99 percent and that of the deceased is 1 percent. There are currently nearly twenty thousand active cases, with the number of patients with severe or life-threatening conditions kicking in at 137.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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