New cases of COVID-19 over weekend raise concern in Denmark

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COPENHAGEN, July 27 (Xinhua) -- An additional 109 new COVID-19 cases had been registered in Denmark over the weekend, according to latest figures from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) released on Monday.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections now stands at 13,547, with the death toll of 613 unchanged since last Friday.

"There are many cases of infection for a weekend, which is always difficult because you can not count on people being tested to the same degree as on weekdays. You have to be careful not to over-interpret the number of inpatients, because fewer are usually discharged on weekends, but when you see a relatively large increase, it gives cause for concern," Torben Mogensen, chairman of the Lung Association, told Danish News Agency Ritzau.

In addition, the number of hospitalized patients also increased by seven to 23.

The weekend figures align with a developing pattern of increases over the past three weeks which had seen the number of infections in Denmark rise from an average of 24 to 44 a day.

"But you can't call it a wave. The development is an expression that the virus has never been eradicated and that it can quickly flourish again. There are signs of a flourishing in the infection," said Mogensen.

On Sunday, an estimated 1,000 AGF soccer fans gathered in the center of Denmark's second largest city Aarhus to celebrate their football club's third-place finish in Danish Super League.

The gathering concerned medical experts as it flouted the ban allowing only for a maximum gathering of 100 people in public, as well as guidelines requesting people to stay one meter apart. Enditem

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