COPENHAGEN, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- As five more cities have reported an escalation of new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, Danish Health Authorities are paying extra attention to outbreaks in a total of seven cities, Minister of Health and Elderly Affairs Magnus Heunicke said on Monday.
In addition to outbreaks in Aarhus and Ringsted, the cities of Silkeborg, Glostrup, Nyborg, Solrod, and Soro have reported over 20 infected per 100,000 inhabitants, the minister said at a press conference.
According to Heunicke, there is "cause for concern and for quick action," since 756 cases have been reported in Denmark within the past seven days -- almost half found in Aarhus Municipality.
Silkeborg, 45 km west of Aarhus, was described as a fast-developing hotspot, recording 44 new infections per 100,000 within the last seven days.
Meanwhile, 40 children from a Silkeborg kindergarten were sent home for quarantine after the detection of a confirmed case in the institution on Monday.
"There are not yet many inpatients at hospitals. But the virus is here, and if we do not react in time, we risk that the hospitals will be burdened as we saw in the spring," Kare Molbak, director at the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), said at the press conference.
The SSI director does not expect the coronavirus would vanish itself before a vaccine comes out.
"I think it ends with a vaccine... I expect that by mid-2021 we will have a vaccine that may not be the best, but it will provide some protection. At some point we will have the virus under full control," he said.
Soon after the press conference, the Ministry of Transport issued a brief statement making it mandatory for citizens in Silkeborg, Odder, Horsens, Skanderborg, and Favrskov municipalities, to wear face masks on all public transport. A similar announcement was made for Aarhus municipality last week.
For the rest of the country, face masks were still being recommended on public transport.
To date, Denmark has reported a total of 14,815 COVID-19 cases and 620 deaths, according to the daily update from the SSI. Enditem