Sweden cuts coronavirus statistics updates to four times a week

Sweden cuts coronavirus statistics updates to four times a week
State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell speaking at the twice weekly press conference. Photo: Amir Nabizadeh/TT
Swedish health authorities will no longer publish updated coronavirus statistics on Mondays, meaning the the figures will now come out only four times a week.

The change came into effect on September 14th.

This means that the Public Health Agency will update its figures of the number of people who have tested positive for, received intensive care treatment for, and died after testing positive for the virus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 2pm.

The figures have been updated every weekday since mid-June, before which they were also updated over the weekend.

The reason for the change is delays in the reporting system.

“The cause is that data from laboratories are reported with a greater delay in the reporting system SmiNet on weekends. This means that data is not complete on Mondays,” the agency said on Monday.

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However, the data is updated retrospectively to show the day on which deaths occurred or positive test results were received, so the change should not mean there are large gaps in the data itself.

On June 10th, the agency reduced the press conferences it holds together with other relevant state authorities from every weekday to twice per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they are set to continue on these days.

You can find the latest data on the Public Health Agency's website, and The Local updates our paywall-free blog with the latest figures and updates every weekday.

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