COVID-19 in Sweden, September

Sweden // 22 September, 2020

At least 89,436 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed with at least 5,870 deaths. See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 page. The Swedish Public Health Agency updates daily case information Tuesdays-Fridays at 14:00 local time. No updates are provided between Saturdays-Mondays.

Status: Outbreak

22 September: New cases continue to be reported. The rolling 14 day average has decreased slightly by about 2%. Public health authorities have noted that despite this overall decrease, they have seen an increase in several regions related to sports and competitions (in Swedish). The outbreaks noted in the linked article have been limited to all age groups except the elderly. Emphasis was placed on maintaining public health measures such as staying home when sick.

18 September: New cases continue to be reported. The southern district of Jönköping is the most heavily affected area. In the situation report published today, public health officials note that local outbreaks are related to public events and leisure activities, and mostly in younger people. The high incidence of cold symptoms has increased the need for COVID-19 testing

15 September: The restriction on visiting nursing homes will be lifted on 1 October. Responsibility for ensuring visitation is safe is placed on the nursing homes. Their data analysis found that the rapid spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes has slowed down. The Swedish Public Health Agency has indicated they will provide recommendations to support safe visits. A change has also occurred with regards to COVID-19 reporting in the country. Starting 14 September, the data will only be updated Tuesday-Friday at 14h00 local time. No updates will occur from Saturdays through Mondays.

11 September: New cases continue to be reported daily, and the trend continues to decline. The Ministry of Health has reported nearly 4,000 tests administered in late August had incorrect results. The error arose from deficiencies in the testing kits themselves and caused thousands of false positive results. Public health authorities have already contacted all of those affected to provide guidance. The test kit is produced by BGI Biotechnology (Wuhan) Co. Ltd. The Swedish Public Health Agency has stated “the test kit does not maintain the quality specified by the supplier.” The kit has been exported to other countries apart from Sweden, but the Swedish Public Health Agency has informed relevant authorities such as WHO.

8 September: New cases continue to be reported, though the rate has remained less than 300 per day since 21 August. Public health authorities have released a checklist (in Swedish) for event planners to help ensure compliance with regulations. Of note, the site refers people to the Swedish Police website (in Swedish) for further details.

4 September: While new cases continue to be reported daily, the overall daily case rate has declined by approximately 43% in the last month. This is a continuation of the decrease noted from last week’s situation report. In today’s situation report (in Swedish), public health authorities report that testing increased by 30% in the last week. Positive results were found in only 1.6% of those tested; a decrease from the previous week.

1 September: The situation report published on 28 August notes a decrease in newly reported cases compared to the previous week. Weekly reports are available here (in Swedish). Also noted is that testing efforts were increased compared to the previous week. Of note, cases in the Kalmar and Skane regions saw significant increase. Other regions, including Gotland and Norrbotten saw significant decreases.

Click here for August updates.



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