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Summary, 23.05.2020 - Remdesivir seems to lower the mortality rate with 80 % - if given early on.


TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. Given at the right time it is possible to reduce the mortality rate from coronavirus with 80 % with Remdesivir, according to a new study published in the medical magazine New England Journal of Medicine. It is important to notice, that the difference in deaths in absolute numbers in respectively the group treated with Remdesivir and placebo treatment is quite small (4/222 vs. 19/199).

  2. A new announcement from the Ministry of Health and the Elderly means that it is now legal to gather more than 10 people in private garden.

  3. Denmark has together with Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria drafted a paper of shared understanding, which, under the name of “the Frugal Four”, argues that the upcoming EU-budget must be tightened, and a recovery fund must be based on loaning money instead of grants.

  4. A Danish experiment with the malaria-medicine hydroxychloroquine continues, despite that a new study in the medical magazine The Lancet has indicated that the drug increases the risk of dying with 45 %.

Vials of Remdesivir for experimental use / Foto: Ulrich Perrey © Scanpix

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • A new announcement from the Ministry of Health and the Elderly means that it is now legal to gather more than 10 people in private garden. So far it has been legal to gather more than 10 in private homes, but not in any gardens that might be adjacent to the home. This gives hope that student parties and other private summer parties can be held.

  • Denmark has together with Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria drafted a paper of shared understanding, which, under the name of “the Frugal Four”, argues that the upcoming EU-budget must be tightened, and a recovery fund must be based on loaning money instead of grants. The four countries propose:

  1. A frontloading of the budget, where the expenditures are increased at the beginning of the budget year in order to kickstart the economy.

  2. A no to shared debt financing – but a yes to a recovery fund, based on loans and not grants.

  3. The contribution must remain one per cent of the countries’ GDP.

  • New documents show, that Denmark’s corona-app was exempt from the procurement rules since the launch was critical. Seven weeks later there’s still no app. The work was also supposed to be done pro bono, but the Agency for Digitisation now expect the app to cost 10 million kroner in the current year. The app will monitor your phone and register whether you have been close to people who have been infected with coronavirus.

  • The many Danish small islands that often depend heavily on tourism will now receive targeted economic support. The receivers of the special island-support-loans will throughout all of 2020 not have to pay off the loans. The goal with these loans is to ensure that money isn’t taken out of the companies which they haven’t been able to earn in the spring.

  • The government should put pressure on Gilead Sciences to make sure that there’s a plan for ensuring sufficient deliveries of the medicine Remdesivir, which researchers has just proven has an effect against coronavirus, says the interest organization Danish Patients. The organisation does also believe that more patients should have the possibility to get the medicine than can currently have it.

  • The rules for allowing relatives to visit their dear ones in retirement homes are being interpreted too restrictively, says the Alzheimer Association, which has written to 14 municipalities and asked them to stop refusing relatives to take a walk with their loved ones. According to the director of the association, Nis Peter Nissen, are there several places that have illegal restrictions on visitors.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 11.289 have tested positive, 59 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 118 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 1 fewer than yesterday.

  • Of those 118 are 19 in intensive care, 4 fewer than yesterday.

  • Of those 19 are 16 in respirators, 3 fewer than yesterday.

  • 561 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, the same as yesterday.

  • 442.650 have been tested for corona-virus (+8.679) with 11.289 positives (2.55 % positives), a drop of 0.04 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are getting closer to the real percentage of infected people in the society)

  • 9.836 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalised with corona-virus, 72 more than yesterday.

  • Given at the right time it is possible to reduce the mortality rate from coronavirus with 80 % with Remdesivir, according to a new study published in the medical magazine New England Journal of Medicine. The crucial aspect seems to be that the patient is treated with the drug early on before the patient has the need for respiratory treatment. Two groups of people were given either Remdesivir or a placebo treatment. 4 out of 222 patients died when given Remdesivir (2.4 %), whereas 19 out of 199 in the placebo group died (10.9 %). The 80 % lower mortality rate sounds very promising then, but the difference is somewhat small in absolute numbers. The drug is already approved for emergency use in Denmark, but given that the drug seemingly needs to be administered before the need for respiratory treatment steps in, it can prove difficult to use it until a new approval arrives from the health authorities, since such a treatment ahead of the need for respiratory treatment is not a need for emergency treatment. More can be read in Danish here and here.

  • A Danish experiment with the malaria-medicine hydroxychloroquine continues, despite that a new study in the medical magazine The Lancet has indicated that the drug increases the risk of dying with 45 %. The leader of the experiment, Professor Thomas Benfield from Hvidovre Hospital, is aware of this risk: “If this sort of studies or signals continues, then we might say that we will stop it. But we are not there yet,” he says to Ritzau.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The containership Lexa Maersk from the Danish shipping company Mærsk has been struck by coronavirus. Five crew members on board the ship have been infected. Mærsk won’t inform whether there are Danes among the 25 men large crew roster, or whether any of the infected are Danes.



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