COVID-19 in Sweden, June

Sweden // 29 June, 2020

At least 65,137 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed with at least 5,280 deaths. See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 page.

29 June: New cases continue to be reported daily, with more than 1,000 cases per day reported over the last few days. Testing efforts continue with the Ministry of Health (MOH) reporting more than 60,000 tests performed last week. Official reports are showing a slow decline in the number of serious cases, suggesting that restrictive measures have had an effect.

26 June: New cases continue to be reported, averaging approximately 1,114 per day over the last 2 weeks, and the trend is increasing. The travel ban on non-European Economic Area (EEA) citizens remains in place until 31 August. Some exemptions are in place for this travel ban, including for citizens and family members of citizens.

22 June: New cases continue to be reported daily, and the trend appears to be on the rise. While the country has opened its borders to European Union and European Economic Area residents and citizens, public gatherings of more than 50 people remain banned until further notice. This restriction applies to restaurants and bars.

19 June: New cases continue to be reported at increasing rates, and the average rate of increase is greater than 10 percent compared to two weeks ago. From the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) website, emphasis is being placed on individuals to be responsible for the health of all by following recommendations and regulations concerning social distancing and other restrictions. The MOH states: “Swedish public health work is based on a strong tradition of volunteering with an emphasis on the individual's responsibility. The management of the pandemic is therefore applied a combination of legally binding rules and government recommendations. Infection tracking, testing, hygiene and protection measures as well as social distancing are used and adapted as the pandemic goes through different phases. The development is closely monitored so that measures can be implemented or adapted at the right time.” The country has reopened its borders to European Union and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and residents. A ban on entry by non-EEA residents remains in place until 31 August. Of note, Denmark, Finland, and Norway are keeping their borders closed with Sweden until further notice.

15 June: New cases continue to be reported, averaging nearly 1,000 per day over the last two weeks. A report (in Swedish) released by the Swedish Ministry of Health on 11 June surveyed the origins of SARS-CoV-2 in travellers returning to the country. The results showed that COVID-19 not only entered from several different countries in Europe and the United States, but also on multiple occasions. The report also notes: “The genetic groups identified in Sweden are the same as those found in the extensive spread of infection that developed in February in Europe. One of the genetic groups is also present in the spread of infection found in New York in late February and early March.”

June 11: As cases continue to be reported, the public health authority has decided to stop providing daily press briefings updating the situation. The press briefings will now occur only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

10 June: New cases continue to be reported. The rate at which the total case count doubles has now dropped below 10 days, which is promising and suggests that the curve may be starting to flatten. Only a limited number of terminals are in operation at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN).

8 June: New cases continue to be reported, averaging around 805 per day over the last 14 days. Authorities are recommending to stop non-essential travel to the country until further notice, but citizens, residents and others with an important reason for being in-country will still be allowed. Public gatherings more than 50 people remain prohibited.

4 June: New cases continue to be reported daily, and while the first peak has not passed, the curve appears to be flattening. Events and public gatherings with more than 50 participants remain prohibited.

1 June: There is a modest decline in the number of new cases being reported. Over the last two weeks the government and local health authorities have reported approximately 530 new cases per day. The government and public health authority continue to rate the risk of transmission at "very high". Starting on 14 June, the government plans to ease restrictions and allow sports matches and competitions to resume.

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