Covid-19 patients in hospital fall below 100 in Stockholm for the first time since March

Covid-19 patients in hospital fall below 100 in Stockholm for the first time since March
An intensive care nurse at a hospital in Stockholm. Photo: Staffan Löwstedt/SvD/TT
The number of coronavirus patients in hospital in Stockholm has fallen below 100 for the first time since early March.

In total since the start of the epidemic, 5,785 patients have been discharged from emergency hospital or geriatric care in the Stockholm region, according to new figures released on Thursday.

A total of 2,372 people have passed away in the region, and in total 22,467 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since the epidemic reached the Swedish capital.

And the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients in hospital at one time has dropped from 1,100 in April to 85 as of Thursday, according to Stockholm health authorities' latest report.

“There are 17 cases in intensive care and in total 85 patients in hospital in Stockholm,” Swedish news agency TT quoted infectious disease doctor Per Follin as saying. “At the peak there were around 230 people in intensive care.”

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Stockholm health authorities also released new statistics on coronavirus testing on Thursday.

Between June 15th and July 15th, 72,659 diagnostic tests were carried out in the region. Of those 9.1 percent tested positive, but the share of people who tested positive fell to 5.2 percent last week.

In the same period, 149,616 antibody tests were carried out, out of which 17.6 percent came back positive.


Swedish health officials Taha Alexandersson and Johan Carlson. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

Sweden's national health authorities on Thursday reported a further 21 deaths of people who had coronavirus, bringing the country's total death toll to 5,593.

Confirmed cases rose to 76,877, but the figures of new intensive care admissions are still low, with only one new intensive care case reported in the last 24 hours. 

As of Thursday, 73 people were being treated for the coronavirus in Sweden's intensive care units, down from a peak of more than 500 earlier this year, the National Board of Health and Welfare's deputy crisis manager Taha Alexandersson said at today's press conference about the coronavirus outbreak.

The board also published new information about how long people receive treatment for the coronavirus. Around 12,400 patients have received hospital care for the virus and been discharged.

Of these, around 950 received care for 30 days or more, and Alexandersson noted that this long treatment time presented a challenge for the healthcare sector.

“When we talk about a long period of care, we have to ensure that there is enough staff,” she said.

The Public Health Agency's director-general Johan Carlson told the press conference that the agency was looking to see if it needed to update its recommendations over the summer, following reports of crowding. One of the main worries was on public transport, especially buses, he said, urging travellers to avoid sitting “shoulder to shoulder” with people who aren't their travel companions.


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