Second person dies from coronavirus in Sweden as latest confirmed cases rise to 924

A total of 924 people in Sweden have been found infected by the coronavirus, the Public Health Agency reported on Saturday. It comes on the same day a second death from the coronavirus was reported in the country.

Second person dies from coronavirus in Sweden as latest confirmed cases rise to 924
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), dealing with the new COVID-19 Coronavirus, in Solna, Sweden:AFP
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An elderly old woman died from the coronavirus at Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg, according to news agency TT. The 85 year-old woman had been cared for in intensive care for some time and also had other diseases.

Karin Markhede from Sahlgrenska Hospital told TT that they could not say how the woman was infected.

On Wednesday, Sweden confirmed its first death of a coronavirus patient. The patient was being treated at the intensive care ward at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge when they were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Stockholm health officials said the patient had underlying health conditions.

The Public Health Agency reported on Saturday that there are now 924 people in Sweden infected by the coronavirus.

It says the majority of people have been infected abroad or through someone in the area who has come home from a foreign trip. 341 cases have been found in the Stockholm region.



Member comments

  1. The government needs to stop providing the infection number or qualify it with additional information stating that they have severely limited testing so the number of infected is very likely higher. I have been very sick for three days, I am presenting all the symptoms and have self-isolated. Sweden doesn’t test people like me, we must be many on the mild to moderate spectrum and so that number is likely inaccurate.

  2. Swedish government should ban everything for two weeks like emergency in Italy otherwise it could be out of control.

  3. I think is a joke that the swedish goverment publish numbers of infected when they are not testing. It gives people a false sense of everything is ok. And does not help !

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Covid deaths in Sweden ‘set to rise in coming weeks’

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has warned that the number of weekly Covid deaths is set to rise, after the number of people testing positive for the virus rose for the sixth week running.

Covid deaths in Sweden 'set to rise in coming weeks'

According to the agency, an average of 27 people have died with or from the virus a week over the past three weeks. 

“According to our analyses, the number who died in week 27 (July 4th-July 11th), is more than died in week 26 and we expect this to continue to grow,” the agency wrote in a report issued on Thursday. 

In the week ending July 17th (week 28), 4,700 new cases of Covid-19 were registered, a 22 percent rise on the previous week. 

“We are seeing rising infection levels of Covid-19 which means that there will be more people admitted to hospital, and even more who die with Covid-19,”  said Anneli Carlander, a unit chief at the agency. “The levels we are seeing now are higher than they were last summer, but we haven’t reached the same level we saw last winter when omicron was spreading for the first time.” 

While 27 deaths a week with for from Covid-19 is a rise on the low levels seen this spring, it is well below the peak death rate Sweden saw in April 2020, when more than 100 people were dying a day. 

The number of Covid deaths recorded each week this summer. Source. Public Health Agency of Sweden
A graph of Covid deaths per day since the start of the pandemic shows that the current death rate, while alarming, remains low. Photo: Public Health Agency of Sweden

Carlander said that cases were rising among those in sheltered accommodation for the elderly, and also elderly people given support in their own homes, groups which are recommended to get tested for the virus if they display symptoms. The infection rate among those given support in their homes has risen 40 percent on last week. 

This week there were also 12 new patients admitted to intensive care units with Covid-19 in Sweden’s hospitals.  

The increase has come due to the new BA.5 variant of omicron, which is better able to infect people who have been vaccinated or already fallen ill with Covid-19. Vaccination or a past infection does, however, give protection against serious illness and death.