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Denmark's COVID-19 reproduction rate falls despite spike in new infections

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks ride the metro, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Copenhagen, Denmark August 22, 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/Olafur Steinar Rye Gestsson via REUTERS

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark said on Tuesday that coronavirus is still on the rise in Denmark albeit at a slower pace after the country imposed new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

The reproduction rate, which indicates how many people one infected person on average transmits the virus to, fell to 1.1 on Tuesday, down from 1.3 a week ago and 1.5 two weeks ago, the country’s health minister said on Tuesday.

The lower infection rate came despite the number of new daily infections rising more nine-fold in the past month to a reach a daily record of 652 on Sept. 23.

However, the number of new daily infections fell to 392 on Tuesday.

As a consequence of the recent spike in new infections, the government has made it mandatory to wear face masks in public transport and imposed restrictions on public gatherings and closing hours of bars and restaurants.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Alison Williams