Danish health authorities said on Sunday that the country had seen a worrying increase to 183 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The figure represented a tripling of confirmed cases in 48 hours, from 18 confirmed 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 counted just 182 cases across the European Union, in addition to Norway and Iceland.
Denmark is one of the most advanced countries in Europe in sequencing variants of coronavirus.
It often detects more cases more quickly than its neighbors, which does not necessarily indicate higher rates of infection.
However, the SSI chief said the increase in Omicron cases is “worrying”, adding that “there are now chains of infection in which the variant is found in people who have not traveled abroad or been in contact. with travelers “.
Also Sunday, the ECDC said Omicron had been reported in 17 of the countries it serves.
“Most of the confirmed cases have a history of travel to countries in Africa, and some have made connecting flights elsewhere between Africa and Europe,” the ECDC said on its website ahead of the Danish announcement.
However, “several EU / EEA countries (Belgium, Germany, Spain) detected cases without an epidemiological link in areas where community transmission of the Omicron variant is documented or suspected,” he added.
“This indicates that undetected community transmission could be ongoing in these countries.”