Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Amir Nabizadeh/TT
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

More Covid-19 patients in hospital

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus is increasing in the Stockholm region. Last week, 20.3 percent of everyone who got tested had confirmed Covid-19, writes the DN newspaper. That figure was 16.3 percent and 8.4 percent in previous weeks.

A total of 349 Covid-19 patients were receiving hospital treatment in the Stockholm region on Monday, which is a significant increase compared to Friday when the same number was 273 people. During the outbreak in spring, around 1,100 patients were in hospital at the same time.

In Västra Götaland, 146 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, an increase of 50 in a week.

In Skåne, 111 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospital. Skåne was comparatively less hit by the outbreak in spring than many other big city regions, so this is the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

Swedish vocabulary: hospital – sjukhus

A sign directing people to a self-testing area at Halland Hospital. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

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Sweden extends corona support for businesses

The Social Democrat-Green government and its partners in parliament, the Centre and Liberals, have agreed on new measures for businesses hit by the pandemic.

This means that furloughing support will be extended until June 30th next year, seven months.

The business transition support scheme for businesses that have lost at least 50 percent of revenue compared to last year, will be extended to cover August, September and October. A similar scheme for sole traders – if your revenue was more than 200,000 kronor last year, will also be extended to August, September and October.

Businesses can also apply to the Tax Agency to defer certain tax payments for a year.

Swedish vocabulary: business transition support – omställningsstöd

Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

PM Stefan Löfven tests negative for Covid-19

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his wife have ended their corona self-isolation, after testing negative and consulting with a doctor, his press secretary said.

Löfven went into isolation last week after a person in his vicinity had met someone who later turned out to have Covid-19, although Löfven himself was not ill. He isn't the only party leader taking that precaution.

On Sunday Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderates, went into self-quarantine after one of his co-workers tested positive, and the Centre Party's Annie Lööf did the same after a co-worker experienced cold symptoms. Neither of the two politicians have symptoms.

Swedish vocabulary: quarantine – karantän

Centre Party leader Annie Lööf is also isolating. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Swedish watchdog orders school to close

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate has decided to close an independent school in Gävle. The school, Nya kastet, has an unofficial Muslim profile but is not registered as confessional, but the Inspectorate argues it has links to religious extremism and puts the students at risk of radicalisation. It says the previous owner has links to several people in a violent extremist milieu, and that the new owner is just meant to act as a decoy.

“The security police have found that the students risk being exposed to radicalisation and recruitment to environments that accept violence or crime as a method of political change,” writes the Inspectorate in its decision, quoted by the TT news agency.

Swedish vocabulary: independent/free school – friskola

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