“Everyone who wants to will get tested,” Stockholm county mayor Irene Svenonius told a press conference on Friday afternoon, announcing how the region plans to increase testing to include all Stockholmers.
From June 15th it will be possible to book a test via health service website 1177.se, said health officials.
The testing includes everyone who has symptoms of the coronavirus, but those who think they may have had the illness and have been healthy for at least two weeks will also be able to receive an antibody test.
Those who have symptoms will either be able to visit one of seven drive-in testing stations in Stockholm, or receive a home-testing kit with instructions.
Those who think they have had the virus and want to find out if they have developed antibodies will be able to book an appointment to get an antibody test via 1177.se/stockholm.
The tests will be free, said Stockholm health authorities.
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Stockholm, where more than 2,100 people have died with the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, has by far been hit the worst by the epidemic in Sweden and demand for the new tests is expected to be huge – which means that residents who are keen to find out their status may have to brace themselves for a queue.
“I ask you to be patient, not everyone will be able to do this on Monday,” said Svenonius.
The announcement comes after the government recently announced a major overhaul to testing, promising a further 5.9 billion kronor to cover costs and pledging that many more people with symptoms of the virus but not in need of medical care would receive diagnostic tests.
This week the government and regions agreed that Sweden's 21 regions will organise and carry out coronavirus tests on this group of people, with the government covering the costs.
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