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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Sweden|
Map of confirmed cases in Sweden
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Arrival date||24 January 2020|
(2 months, 1 week and 4 days)
|Confirmed cases||6,078 as of 2 April|
|Severe cases||No official data. Number of ICU cases is 429 as of 3 April|
|333 as of 2 April|
|Swedish Public Health Agency Covid-19 (in Swedish)|
The ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a new infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was confirmed to have reached Sweden on 31 January 2020, when a woman returning from Wuhan tested positive. Starting from 26 February, following outbreaks in Italy and in Iran, multiple travel-related clusters appeared in Sweden. Community transmission was confirmed on 9 March in the Stockholm region. Since then, individuals in every län (county) have tested positive for COVID-19. The first death was reported on 11 March in Stockholm, a case of community transmission.
Sweden has, unlike many other countries, not applied any lockdown, with most measures being voluntary. The Swedish constitution mandates that the relevant expert agency, the Public Health Agency, rather than politicians must initiate any actions to prevent the virus. On agency recommendation: the government has limited freedom of assembly, temporarily banning gatherings of over 50 individuals and physically closed secondary schools and universities. Primary schools have remained open, in part to avoid healthcare workers from needing to stay home with their children.
The Public Health Agency and government issued recommendations to work from home, if possible; for people above 70 to stay at home; and issued general recommendations to avoid unnecessary travel within the country and to keep a social distance between people. Those with even minimal symptoms which could be COVID-19 are recommended to stay home. The 'karensdag' or initial day without paid sick-leave has been removed by the government and the length of time one can stay home without a doctor's note has been raised from 7 to 21 days.
As of 2 April 2020[update], there were 5466 confirmed cases, of which 429 received intensive care, and 282 deaths related to the newly found virus in Sweden, with Stockholm County being the most affected.
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The COVID-19 outbreak, which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic on 11 March, has had a disparate impact on different areas of Sweden. The first case was introduced directly from Wuhan to the country on 24 January, with a woman confirmed positive for the virus on 31 January in Jönköping. The case was fully isolated and there are no reports of further spread.
The second case was introduced from northern Italy on 26 February. With five additional cases confirmed on the 12th, the Swedish Public Health Agency ('Folkhälsomyndigheten') put out a statement that these cases were all related to travel to high-risk zones and that there was no evidence of community transmission. Disease control measures, including extensive contact tracing turned up over 200 travel-related cases in the following weeks, all with connection to confirmed cases or travel to high risk regions.
On 9 March the first cases of community transmission was confirmed among two patients who had sought care at S:t Göran Hospital on 6 March. They were assumed to have been infected through community transmission approximately 7 days before seeking care.
The first death was reported on 11 March, when a person in their 70s from the Stockholm region died in the intensive care unit of Karolinska University Hospital. The person was reported to have acquired the virus through community transmission, believed to have occurred about one week before death. The person also belonged to a risk group.
The Swedish government has tried to focus efforts on encouraging the right behaviour and creating social norms rather than mandatory restrictions. Government officials including Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, as well as the Public Health Agency of Sweden have encouraged each individual to take responsibility for their own health and the health of others. Löfven has stated that stricter measures will be taken as appropriate, and as guided by the expert agencies.
The government has issued progressively stricter advisories against travel. Beginning on the 17th February, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised against all trips to the Hubei province in China, as well as non-essential travel to the rest of China apart from Hong Kong and Macao. On 2 March the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advised against trips to Iran, due to the uncontrolled spread of the Covid-19 in the country. The Swedish Transport Agency also revoked Iran Airs permit for Iranian flights to land in Sweden from the same date. On 6 March, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advised against all non-necessary trips to northern Italy, specifically the regions of Piemonte, Liguria, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Trentino-Alto Adige, Valle d'Aosta, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Marche and Toscana. Turin, Milan, Venice, Verona, Trieste and Florence are large cities in these regions. The Public Health Agency of Sweden, who initiated the recommendation for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, states that the decision is based solely on the strain of the Italian health care system. This was extended 10 March to include all of Italy. Finally, all international travel was recommended against the 14th of March. Travel from non-EU/EES member states was stopped the 17th of March and unnecessary travel within Sweden was advised against the 19th of March.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommended on 16 March that people over 70 should limit close contact with other people, and employers should recommend their employees work from home.
The following day, the agency recommended that secondary schools and universities use distance learning.
On 11 March, the same day as the first Swedish death to COVID-19, the Swedish government passed a new law, limiting freedom of assembly by temporarily banning all gatherings larger than 500 people, with threat of fine and prison. The ban will apply until further notice. On 27 March the government announced that gatherings of more than 50 people were banned.
The same day, the karensdag, the unpaid first day of sick leave, was temporarily discontinued in an effort to encourage people to stay home if they were experiencing symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19.
On 24 March 2020, the government introduced new restrictions to bars and restaurants requiring all service to be table service only. Venues that do not adhere to the new restrictions could be shut down.
The normal costs of employer contributions have also been temporarily discontinued for small business owners. This will save small businesses approximately 5000 SEK per employee each month but will result in a loss of tax revenue of 33 billion SEK.
Local governments, such as the municipal government in Gävle, have applied measures to businesses delaying the payment of invoices until September 1, 2020 at the earliest and deferring rent payments. On 2 April, the Financial Supervisory Authority ('Finansinspektionen') decided that Swedish banks temporarily can allow exemptions for housing mortgage lenders regarding amortizing of loans.
The increasing number of cases in large areas such as Stockholm and Uppsala has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of up to 90% of planned surgeries, including cancer related surgeries.
On 25 March 2020, Björn Eriksson, the Director of Healthcare in Stockholm, appealed to anyone in the Stockholm region who had experience in healthcare to volunteer. As of the 26 March 2020, 5100 people with healthcare experience had registered as volunteers.
On 13 March, media reported that there is a shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care staff, and hospitals in Stockholm have been forced to reuse disposable PPEs after sanitation. The regional Health Care Director warned about this scenario in early March and government agencies have temporarily waived the public procurement law in order to hastily procure more supplies. The National Board of Health and Welfare ('Socialstyrelsen') confirmed that there is no preparedness storage and nothing to distribute to the health care sector.
The Stockholm International Fairs, Stockholmsmässan, are being converted into a field hospital with the help of the Swedish Defence Forces. The field hospital will be able to house 600 seriously and critically sick patients. The Swedish Defence Forces will provide equipment for 30 of the 600 beds and the Stockholm Regional Council will provide the remaining 570.
On March 13, 2020 the April Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test ('Högskoleprovet'), was cancelled affecting approximately 70 000 prospective students who had registered themselves. This was the first time the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test has been cancelled since it was established in 1977.
The Swedish Armed Forces cancelled the international military exercise Aurora 20 which was scheduled to be held between May and June. Austria and Canada had previously announced their cancellation of their planned participation.
On 25 March, The Swedish Social Democratic Party together with the Swedish Trade Union Confederation decided to cancel their traditional May Day demonstrations. They will instead hold an event on a digital platform, which will include speeches by the Swedish prime minister and leader of the Social Democrats, Stefan Löfven, as well as union confederation leader Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson. The Left Party (Sweden) also cancelled their nationwide demonstrations, and announced the there would instead be a digital celebration, including a speech by party leader Jonas Sjöstedt.
The Almedalen Week, considered to be the biggest and most important forum in Sweden for seminars, debates and political speeches on current social issues, held in Visby every summer, was cancelled as a result of the ban on large gatherings. The decision was taken on 1 April by the organiser after consultation with the major political parties. Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén had already announced that he had cancelled his planned participation in the upcoming event.
On 6 March, Swedish National Broadcaster SVT held a crisis meeting to consider broadcasting the live finals of Melodifestivalen 2020 on 7 March without an audience, as a response to the growing outbreak. The Danish equivalent had recently decided to broadcast Their version of the finals without an audience. Ultimately, SVT decided to allow the audience to enter the arena, although they advised people who felt sick to stay at home.
Starting 30 March 2020 the public library in Gävle will start with a book delivery service for people aged 70 or older. The library will also start a take-away service where you can pre-loan books and pick them in a take-away bag.
On 19 March, the governing body for association football in Sweden formally announced that the premiere of the 2020 season for the first and second division leagues, men's Allsvenskan and Superettan as well as women's Damallsvenskan and Elitettan, will be postponed to late May or early June. The decision will not affect the leagues below the second level. Two days later it was announced that the 2020 edition of the association football award ceremony Fotbollsgalan was cancelled.
With Sweden having taken some of the least strict measures of any European country or of countries with a similar number of cases, the response has been both criticized and praised by international media. On 27 March, Sweden didn't have more deaths than all neighboring countries combined. The Swedish constitution mandates that the relevant expert agency, the Public Health Agency, rather than politicians must initiate any actions to prevent the virus.
As of 27 March nearly 3 out of 4 patients in intensive care in Sweden are men. The majority of them have underlying symptoms such as high blood pressure. The number of deaths in Sweden is also disproportionately men.
It has also been reported that a disproportionate number of those that have passed away have been Swedish Somali, with 6 out of 89 deaths being members of the Swedish Somali community in the Stockholm region.
|Case list of confirmed infected patients in Sweden (Outbreak - 11 March 2020)|
|Case no.||No. of||Date announced||Origin type||Origin||Location||Treatment facility||Sex||Age|
|1||1||31 January 2020||T||Wuhan, China||Jönköping||Jönköping||Ryhov County Hospital||F||20s|
|2||1||26 February 2020||T||N. Italy||Gothenburg||VGR||Sahlgrenska University Hospital||M||30s|
|3-4||2||27 February 2020||PTP||Case 2||Gothenburg||VGR||-||F||30s|
|5||1||27 February 2020||T||N. Italy||Gothenburg||VGR||Sahlgrenska University Hospital||M||30s|
|6||1||27 February 2020||T||Iran||Stockholm||Stockholm||Karolinska University Hospital||F||Middle-aged|
|7||1||27 February 2020||T||Germany||Uppsala||Uppsala||Uppsala University Hospital||F||-|
|8||1||28 February 2020||T||N. Italy||Jönköping||Jönköping||Ryhov Region Hospital||M||50s|
|9||1||28 February 2020||PTP||Case 6||Stockholm||Stockholm||Karolinska University Hospital||M||-|
|10||1||28 February 2020||PTP||Case 6||Stockholm||Stockholm||Karolinska University Hospital||-||-|
|11||1||28 February 2020||T||Iran||Tierp||Uppsala||In-home isolation||F||Middle-aged|
|12||1||29 February 2020||T||Iran||Gothenburg||VGR||-||-||-|
|13||1||29 February 2020||PTP||Case 6||Stockholm||Stockholm||Karolinska University Hospital||-||20s|
|14||1||1 March 2020||T||N. Italy, travelled with [failed verification]||Gothenburg||VGR||In-home isolation||M||30s|
|15||1||2 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Stockholm||Stockholm||Karolinska University Hospital||-||-|
|16||1||3 March 2020||T||N. Italy, travelled with case 8||Jönköping||Jönköping||In-home isolation||F||50s|
|17-19||3||3 March 2020||T||N. Italy, travelled together||Gothenburg||VGR||-||-||-|
|20||1||3 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Lund||Scania||Skåne University Hospital||M||25|
|21-23||3||3 March 2020||T||N. Italy, travelled together||Stockholm||Stockholm||Karolinska University Hospital||-||-|
|24||1||3 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Stockholm||Stockholm||Karolinska University Hospital||-||-|
|25-28||4||3 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Stockholm||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|29||1||3 March 2020||PTP||Case 28||Stockholm||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|30||1||3 March 2020||T||Iran||Stockholm||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|31||1||4 March 2020||T||Iran||Gothenburg||VGR||-||-||-|
|32||1||4 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Gothenburg||VGR||-||-||-|
|33||1||4 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Malmö||Scania||Skåne University Hospital||F||Around 45|
|34-35||2||4 March 2020||T||N. Italy, travelled together on bus tour||Karlstad area||Värmland||In-home isolation||-||50s|
|36||1||4 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Örebro||Örebro||Örebro University Hospital||-||Teen-aged|
|37-51||15||4 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|52||1||4 March 2020||T||Iran||-||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|53||1||5 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Borås||VGR||South Älvsborg Hospital||-||-|
|54-60||7||5 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Scania||In-home isolation||-||-|
|61-62||2||5 March 2020||PTP||Case 34/35||Karlstad area||Värmland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|63||1||5 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Karlstad area||Värmland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|64||1||5 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Gävleborg||Gävle Hospital||-||-|
|65-78||14||5 March 2020||T/TPTP||N. Italy||-||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|79-92||14||5 March 2020||T/TPTP||No case specific information[disputed ]||-||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|93-94||2||5 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Uppsala||In-home isolation||-||Middle-aged|
|95||1||6 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||VGR||-||-||-|
|96||1||6 March 2020||T||Iran||-||VGR||-||-||-|
|97-101||5||6 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Scania||In-home isolation||-||-|
|102-108||7||6 March 2020||T/TPTP||N. Italy and case 34-35||Karlstad area||Värmland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|109||1||6 March 2020||T||Netherlands||Karlstad area||Värmland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|110||1||6 March 2020||PTP||Related to case 93-94||-||Uppsala||In-home isolation||-||-|
|111||1||6 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Jönköping||In-home isolation||F||63-74 yrs|
|112-113||2||6 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Jönköping||In-home isolation||M||63-74 yrs|
|114||1||6 March 2020||PTP||Another region in Sweden||-||Jönköping||In-home isolation||M||75-78 yrs|
|115||1||6 March 2020||PTP||Another region in Sweden. Related to case 114.||-||Jönköping||In-home isolation||F||75-78 yrs|
|116-136||21||6 March 2020||T/TPTP||No case specific information[disputed ]||-||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|137||1||6 March 2020||T||N. Italy (same region as case 64)||-||Gävleborg||Gävle Hospital||-||-|
|138-140||3||7 March 2020||-||-||-||Scania||In-home isolation||-||-|
|141||1||7 March 2020
Detected on the 6th
|T||Europe but not Italy||-||Stockholm||Initially handled at Danderyd Hospital, later moved||-||-|
|142-161||21||7 March 2020
Detected on the 6th
|162||1||8 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Uppsala||Uppsala||In-home isolation||-||Senior high school student|
|163-167||5||8 March 2020||T/TPTP||-||-||Scania||-||-||-|
|168-179||12||8 March 2020||T/TPTP||-||Gothenburg area||VGR||-||-||-|
|180-186||7||8 March 2020||T/TPTP||N. Italy and case 34-35||Karlstad area||Värmland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|187||1||8 March 2020||T||United States||-||Örebro||In-home isolation||-||50s|
|188||1||8 March 2020||PTP||Related to case 187||-||Örebro||In-home isolation||-||50s|
|189||1||8 March 2020||PTP||Related to case 187||-||Örebro||In-home isolation||-||20s|
|190-203||14||8 March 2020
Detected on the 7th
|204||1||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Särö, Kungsbacka municipality||Halland||In-home isolation||-||Elementary school-aged|
|205||1||9 March 2020||PTP||An earlier Värmland case from bus tour to N. Italy||Karlstad area||Värmland||-||-||-|
|206-209||4||9 March 2020||PTP||-||Gothenburg area||VGR||-||-||-|
|210-211||2||9 March 2020||T||Abroad||Skövde area||VGR||-||-||-|
|212-243||32||9 March 2020
Detected on the 8th
|244-245||2||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy, travelled together||-||Jönköping||In-home isolation||F||40s|
|246||1||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Uppsala||-||-||University student|
|247||1||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Uppsala||-||Adult|
|248||1||9 March 2020||PTP||Case 204||Särö, Kungsbacka municipality||Halland||In-home isolation||-||Elementary school-aged|
|249-250||2||9 March 2020||T||Italy||Laholm||Halland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|251||1||9 March 2020||T||Italy||Varberg||Halland||In-home isolation||-||University student|
|252||1||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Sörmland||-||F||Adult|
|253||1||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Norrbotten||-||F||-|
|254||1||9 March 2020||-||Kungälv||VGR||-||-||-|
|255-257||3||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy, related to each other||-||Västerbotten||In-home isolation||-||Adults|
|258-259||2||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Västerbotten||In-home isolation||-||Adults|
|260||1||9 March 2020||T||N. Italy||Eastern parts of county||Östergötaland||In-home isolation||-||Adult, working-age|
|261-263||3||10 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Scania||-||-||-|
|264||1||10 March 2020||T||Italy, travelled with case 251||Varberg||Halland||In-home isolation||-||University student|
|265||1||10 March 2020||T||N. Italy, related to three Stockholm cases||-||Örebro||In-home isolation||-||20s|
|266-325||60||10 March 2020
Detected on the 9th
|326||1||10 March 2020||PTP||An earlier Värmland case from bus tour to N. Italy||-||Värmland||-||-||-|
|327-341||15||10 March 2020||T||Abroad||4 from Norra Älvsborg area,
6 from Gothenburg area,
2 from Skaraborg area, 3 from Södra Älvsborg area
|342||1||10 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Sörmland||In-home isolation||F||Adult|
|343||1||10 March 2020||T||N. Italy, connected to 4 cases in other regions in Sweden||-||Jämtland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|344-346||3||10 March 2020||T||Italy, related to each other||-||Västernorrland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|347-349||1||10 March 2020||T||Austria||Varberg||Halland||In-home isolation||-||Adult|
|348-349||2||10 March 2020||T||N. Italy or Austria||Kungsbacka, Varberg or Laholm||Halland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|350||1||10 March 2020||T||N. Italy, related to case 253||-||Norrbotten||-||M||-|
|351||1||10 March 2020||T||Austria||-||Calmar||-||M||50s|
|352-354||3||10 March 2020||T||Italy, related to and travelled with case 344-346||-||Västernorrland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|355||1||10 March 2020||PTP||A case in another region||Another county, visiting Cronoberg||Cronoberg||In-home isolation||-||-|
|356||1||10 March 2020||T||Austria||-||Calmar||-||M||20s|
|357-391||35||11 March 2020||T||Italy and Austria||-||Scania||-||-||-|
|392-417||26||11 March 2020||-||-||-||Stockholm||-||-||-|
|418-454||37||11 March 2020||-||-||8 from Norra Älvsborg area,
20 from Gothenburg area,
4 from Skaraborg area, 5 from Södra Älvsborg area
|455||1||11 March 2020||PTP||Another region, another infected case||-||Blekinge||In-home isolation||F||-|
|456||1||11 March 2020||T||Italy||-||Dalarna||In-home isolation||M||60s|
|457||1||11 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Gävleborg||In-home isolation||-||-|
|464||7||11 March 2020||-||-||Kungsbacka, Varberg, Laholm and Falkenberg municipality||Halland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|465||1||11 March 2020||T||N. Italy, travelled with four other infected people from other regions||-||Jämtland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|466||1||11 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Jönköping||In-home isolation||M||20s|
|467||1||11 March 2020||PTP||-||-||Jönköping||In-home isolation||M||50s|
|468||1||11 March 2020||PTP||-||-||Jönköping||In-home isolation||-||Primary school student|
|469-475||7||11 March 2020||T||N. Italy and Tyrol, Austria||-||Cronoberg||In-home isolation||-||-|
|476-480||5||11 March 2020||T||Risk areas abroad||Sörmland||In-home isolation||-||Adults|
|481-484||4||11 March 2020||-||-||-||Uppsala||-||-||-|
|485-486||2||11 March 2020||PTP||-||-||Värmland||-||-||-|
|487-489||3||11 March 2020||-||-||-||Norrbotten||-||-||-|
|490-492||3||11 March 2020||T||N. Italy, related to each other. Visited same region as previous 5 Västerbotten cases||-||Västerbotten||In-home isolation||-||-|
|493-494||2||11 March 2020||T||Tyrol, Austria||-||Västmanland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|495||1||11 March 2020||T||N. Italy||-||Västmanland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|496||1||11 March 2020||T||Switzerland||-||Västmanland||In-home isolation||-||-|
|497||1||11 March 2020||T||Austria||-||Örebro||In-home isolation||-||30s|
|498||1||11 March 2020||T||Austria||-||Örebro||In-home isolation||-||70s|
|Note: On 11 March Stockholm region has decided to only test hospitalised patients from risk groups and health care staff with symptoms. Other regions will follow suit within the coming week. This means the numbers on the Public Health Agency of Swedens website is not reflecting the actual infected persons in the country, since local transmission has been ongoing since at least early March. Due to this, and the large increase in infected persons, the case list will not be updated as above on a daily basis.|
|Week||Analysed samples||Total analysed samples||Comment|
|before week 10||1000||1000||Deduced from reference  as samples analysed for week 10 and 11 are given and total number of analysed until end of week 11.|
|Note that all numbers are approximate as that is what Folkhälsomyndigheten provides.|
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The most recent[which?] datapoints in the following charts are from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, ECDC and WHO official data. Older[which?] data points are from databases that compile region reports,[unreliable source?][unreliable source?] showing slightly different numbers.[clarification needed]
|Year||Month||Day||Cases and deaths||Responses|
|2019||November||17||The first known case was retrodated in a Chinese government report to 17 November, but was not recognized at the time.|
|December||31||China contacts the WHO and informs them of "cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan"|
|2020||January||16||The Swedish Public Health Agency puts forth a press release that it is monitoring the spread of novel coronavirus (nCOV) said to have spread from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, in Hubei province, China. The risk of spread to Sweden is described as "very low".|
|31||Sweden confirmed the first case of COVID-19. A woman in her 20s, returning from Wuhan on 24 January, tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and was admitted at Ryhov Region Hospital in Jönköping. Having isolated herself voluntarily at home upon arriving in Sweden she was deemed not to have posed any transmission risk during travel or during her initial days in Sweden. The local university college of Jönköping, stated at the time that it had around 200 Chinese exchange students, responding that the woman may have been a student. The woman was declared asymptomatic, but not fully discharged from healthcare services after over one month of care on 3 March. However, viral fragments continued to be detectable with transmission of live viral particles being deemed unlikely.||
On 30 March, the National Public Health Agency requested for the Swedish government to classify the novel disease as a notifiable infectious disease in the Swedish Communicable Diseases Act as both dangerous to public health (allmänfarlig) and dangerous to society (samhällsfarlig), where contact tracing is required. 
|February||9||A Chinese Lantern Festival in Jönköping was cancelled in response to the first case imported from Wuhan roughly a week previously.|
|26||Following the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, a 30-year-old man fell ill three days after returning from northern Italy. He tested positive for the virus, and was admitted to Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg.|
|27||Five new cases were confirmed. Västra Götaland Region confirmed that three people in their 30s had tested positive in Gothenburg. Two of them had been in contact with the 30-year-old patient hospitalized the previous day, and one was deemed to have contracted the virus in Italy.
Stockholm Region confirmed that one individual who had tested positive for the virus after returning from Iran was admitted to Karolinska University Hospital for isolation. Uppsala Region confirmed that a woman who had traveled to Germany on a business trip, and met with an Italian colleague, had sought medical attention after showing flu-like symptoms. She tested positive and was admitted to Uppsala University Hospital.
|The employer's organisation Almega advised its members to stay at home from work for two weeks if they had visited corona risk areas. According to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency ('Försäkringskassan') the employee can receive quarantine allowance ('smittbärarpenning') if the person has a medical certificate.|
|28||Four new cases were confirmed. Jönköping Region confirmed that a man in his 50's had tested positive, and been admitted to Ryhov Region Hospital. He had returned to Sweden from Northern Italy on 24 February, and begun feeling ill 25 February.
Stockholm Region confirmed two positive cases related to the previous individual who had returned from Iran. They were also admitted to Karolinska University Hospital for isolation. Uppsala Region confirmed that an individual who had returned from Iran tested positive for the virus, and was in home quarantine.
|29||Two new cases were confirmed, one in Västra Götaland, and one in Stockholm.|
|March||1||One new case was confirmed in Västra Götaland.|
|2||One new case was confirmed in Stockholm.|
|3||15 new cases were confirmed: ten in Stockholm, three in Västra Götaland, one in Scania and one in Jönköping.||The Scandinavian airline SAS stopped all flights to northern Italy, in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.|
|4||22 new cases were confirmed; 16 in Stockholm, two each in Västra Götaland and Värmland, and one each in Scania and Örebro.
One of the Stockholm cases is a student at Campus Manilla in Djurgården, Stockholm. Princess Estelle Bernadotte is a student at Campus Manilla, but the Royal Court states she is not the infected student.
|The Public Health Agency of Sweden ('Folkhälsomyndigheten') expanded testing for Covid-19 beyond only those who have been in risk areas abroad, to also test cases of pneumonia without known cause.|
|5||42 new cases were confirmed; 28 in Stockholm, seven in Scania, three in Värmland, two in Uppsala, and one each in Västra Götaland and Gävleborg.|
|6||42 new cases were confirmed; two in Västra Götaland, five in Scania, eight in Värmland, one in Uppsala, five in Jönköping, 21 in Stockholm, and one in Gävleborg. Deputy Sveriges Riksbank governor Martin Flodén tested positive on 6 March following a trip to Italy. One of the Jönköping cases is a school bus driver in Gislaved municipality and one of the Värmland cases is a staff at Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och Beredskap (MSB).||The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised against all non-necessary travel to the city of Daegu and the province of Gyeongbuk in South Korea.|
|7||24 new cases were confirmed; three in Scania, and 21 in Stockholm.
In the morning it was reported that all previous cases in Stockholm Region were travel-related or travel-related person-to-person spread. Screening for coronavirus is included in a statistical sample of patients where routine testing for seasonal influenza is performed.
It was reported that one of the cases confirmed on 6 March in Stockholm had sought care at Danderyd Hospital in the Stockholm region on 5 March, and was initially not adequately isolated. The person had caught the virus abroad, but outside known risk areas (at the time South Korea, China, Iran and Northern Italy). Contact tracing has begun, with the case marking the second instance of transmission to Sweden from a non-risk area.
|The Gothenburg hotel Clarion Hotel Post chose to let 25 of its 200 employees go, as a response to falling demand due to the virus.|
|8||One new case was confirmed in Uppsala region, five in Scania region, 12 in Västra Götaland, seven in Värmland, three in Örebro and 14 in Stockholm region.
To date, Stockholm region states that of the 115 confirmed cases in the region, 101 people have been infected in Italy or through contact with a person who has visited Italy, 8 cases have been infected in Iran or through contact with a person who has visited Iran, one person has been infected in another European country, and five cases are still under investigation. One of the Örebro cases confirmed this day is believed to have caught the virus on a trip back from the US, which he/ she arrived back from approximately a week ago. The other two persons are related to this person. Contact tracing has begun around this case, which is the third case of transmission to Sweden from a non-risk area. The Uppsala case is a senior high school student at Celsiusskolan in Uppsala. The Stockholm region press office did not report cases detected on the afternoon of the 8th, instead reporting an additional 32 cases on the 9th. One of the Örebro cases is reported to have visited an open house at the Örebro University on 4 March. Örebro region advises any attendees to be attentive to if symptoms arise.
|A preschool in Hisings Backa, Gothenburg, decided to close for two weeks due to an infected person having been on the premises. The preschool has not said whether the infected person is a child or one of the staff. Children and staff have all been ordered to quarantine themselves at home by Smittskydd Västra Götaland, and the preschool is undergoing a deep clean. The preschool has five staff.
On the same date, approx. 15 health care staff at Danderyd Hospital were quarantined after having been in contact with a patient on 5 March who arrived by ambulance to the emergency unit. The patient had not been to a high-risk area and was not initially suspected to have COVID-19, but when the patients health deteriorated hospital staff decided to test the patient for the virus, which showed the person was infected.
|9||Five cases were confirmed in Halland (the first in the region), one in Värmland, seven in Västra Götaland, two in Jönköping, two in Uppsala, and 32 in Stockholm (all of which had been confirmed the previous day). A first case of Covid-19 was also reported in Sörmland, a first case in Norrbotten, five first cases in Västerbotten and one first case in Östergötaland.
On the same date, Värmland had a total of 21 cases, of which 20 had visited northern Italy, and 19 of these were connected to the same bus tour. One case has been infected in the Netherlands. One of the Värmland cases is a teacher at Norrstrandsskolans junior high school. One of the 21 cases is admitted to Karlstad hospital. The majority of the cases are from the Karlstad area. Further, six new cases were confirmed in Västra Götaland, of which two are in the Skaraborg area.
On the same date, the first community transmissions were detected in Sweden. Two persons in the Stockholm area who had no known connection to any of the risk areas or an infected person, were found to be infected, both patients at St. Göran Hospital since Friday 6 March in two different wards. Both cases have been transferred to Huddinge Hospital for further investigation.
One of the cases in Västra Götaland was a patient at Kungälv Hospital with signs of respiratory symptoms since approx. a week who was tested for Covid-19 after the decision of the Public Health Agency of Sweden on 4 March. This patient was tested on Sunday 8 March and confirmed positive a day later. The patient was immediately transferred to Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the affected ward at the Kungälv Hospital has been closed for patient admission. Highly exposed staff at Kungälv Hospital have been told to stay home for a while, and contact tracing has begun.
|The Health Care Management ('Hälso- och sjukvårdsledningen') in Värmland decided that all health care staff that have visited northern Italy or other high-risk areas (current and future as announced by the Public Health Agency of Sweden) are to self-quarantine for 14 days due to vulnerable patients they may meet in their line of work. The decision is also based on incidents of transmission from health care staff to patients in China, Norway and the United States. An estimate of the number of affected health care staff was not publicly available by this date. Where possible, affected staff are encouraged to work from home and in cases where this is not possible the staff are suspended from work on medical grounds but will maintain salary benefits.
On the same date, approx. 30-40 health care staff at St. Göran Hospital in Stockholm were quarantined after having cared for a Covid-19 infected patient. Another patient at the same hospital has been tested and is awaiting results. The hospital immediately went into a state of readiness to handle the situation.
|10||Three cases were reported in Scania, 60 in the Stockholm region, 15 in Västra Götaland, two first cases in Sörmland region, one first case in Jämtland and first three cases in Västernorrland region. Stockholm region announced this day that two of the 207 infected cases in the region were in intensive care. One of these patients is a patient from the intensive care unit at Södersjukhuset Hospital whom was confirmed infected on Monday 9 March, and immediately moved to Karolinska University Hospital for further isolated intensive care. The patient has relatives whom have recently travelled in Europe, but the hospital announces it is too early to determine whether the patient has been infected by this person. Contact tracing has begun and Södersjukhuset Hospital has gone into a state of readiness to handle the situation and are trying to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus. In the Stockholm region, a total of ten patients have been hospitalised. One of the Stockholm cases is a judge at the Svea Court of Appeal who was infected on a trip abroad, although not a risk area. Due to this, the court has told 25 staff to self-quarantine and some hearings have been postponed.
In Västra Götaland region, one patient is considered critically ill but stable.
|The Södersjukhuset Hospital in Stockholm went into a state of readiness after an ICU patient was confirmed to have Covid-19. The patient was transferred to Karolinska University Hospital for further isolated intensive care. It is not known whether the patient got the virus from a relative traveling in Europe and whether the patient has infected staff or patients. Approx. 70 staff have been in contact with the patient but the hospital administration has decided to allow them to continue working until they show symptoms of infection. This decision has received internal criticism from staff of not being forceful enough.
On the same date, the Public Health Agency of Sweden raised the level of risk of the virus spreading from "high" to "very high", which is the highest level. This comes after news that there are indications of ongoing local transmission in the Stockholm and Västra Götaland area.
At the same time, the agency advised everyone with respiratory infection, even mild ones, to refrain from social contacts in private and working life- where there is a risk of spreading the virus. They also ask health care staff in nursing homes and caring of elderly to not work if they have any symptoms of respiratory infection. Relatives of elderly should also avoid unnecessary visits at hospitals and in facilities for elderly and never visit if there are any respiratory symptoms.
After this announcement, Blekinge Health Care Region enforced a total ban on visits by family members and friends at health care and elderly establishments and hospitals in the region. Region Värmland enforced a similar ban on all visits to hospitals and health care establishments in the region.
After the announcement of the Public Health Agency of Sweden to protect the elderly and the frail, Stockholm Region decided to change their strategy for testing for COVID-19 to mainly focus on the very ill and not just people who had visited risk areas. Danderyd Hospital also went into a state of readiness due to the situation of the Covid-19 spread in Stockholm.
|11||144 new infected cases were reported. Blekinge, Dalarna, and Västmanland reported their first cases; one, one and four respectively. The first death was reported, in Stockholm, a person in the 70s, believed to have been infected through community approx. spread a week earlier. The government also determined that testing should be limited to people who are perceived to be at greatest risk.
On 11 March Stockholm region decided to only test hospitalised patients from risk groups and health care staff with symptoms. Other regions will follow suit within the coming week. This means the data on the Public Health Agency of Swedens website is not reflecting the actual infected persons in the country since local transmission has been ongoing since at least early March.'
|The Stockholm region decided to only test hospitalised patients from risk groups and health care staff with symptoms. Other regions will follow suit within the coming week. This means the data on the Public Health Agency of Swedens website is not reflecting the actual infected persons in the country, since local transmission has been ongoing since at least early March.
The government has banned all gatherings larger than 500 people, under threat of fines and a six-month prison sentence.
The same date, the government announced that the qualifying day of sickness ('karensdag') will be temporarily abolished in order to ensure that people feeling slightly ill will stay at home from work. This means that the state will pay sick pay allowance from the first day the employee is absent from work. The decision is effective as of 11 March 2020 and is believed to reduce the virus spreading as well as the burden on the health care system.
|12||Gotland identified the first two infected persons on the island; two non-related men who had returned from travel to risk-areas abroad.|
|13||The government decided to temporarily abolish the demand of a doctor's certificate for 14 days for people staying home from work due to illness (i.e. sick pay period). Previously a doctor's certificate was needed after seven days.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden also declared the same date that stopping the spread of Covid-19 has entered a "new phase" which requires "other efforts". The continued focus is now to delay spread among the population and to protect the elderly and most vulnerable against the disease. On the same date, 814 persons in Sweden had been confirmed sick with Covid-19. Stockholm region has since 11 March only tested persons from risk groups and health care staff with symptoms. On 12 March, Scania region decided to do the same, and the other regions in Sweden will follow suit within a week.
|14||The second death in Sweden was reported on 14 March, an 85-year-old woman in the Västra Götaland area belonging to a risk group, and the third the same day, an elderly person in the Stockholm region.||The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised against all non-necessary trips abroad, in other words visits and tourist travel. The recommendation is valid until at least 14 April, when a new decision will be taken.|
|23||The country exceeded more than 2,000 cases which was the second milestone in only one week since the country reached 1,000 cases on 15 March 2020. Death toll hit the record of 10 deaths in one day.|
|24||New restrictions are put in by the government only allowing restaurants to serve customers at a table, not allowing serving at a bar or other types of serving where many people are close to each other. Restaurants are also recommended to place tables further away from each other. Disease control holds the power together with responsible municipalities to close down businesses that do not follow the regulations |
|25||Death toll hit more than 20 new deaths in one day.|
|27||The country exceeded more than 3,000 cases, four days after the milestone of 2,000 cases was reached (on 23 March 2020).||The government announce a ban for all gatherings larger than 50 people starting Sunday 29 March.|
|April||1||Death toll hit more than 50 new deaths in one day.|
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