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COVID NEWS: The latest facts and figures about the pandemic in Sweden

COVID NEWS: The latest facts and figures about the pandemic in Sweden
The premiere of the 'I Am Zlatan' movie has been postponed after Sweden introduced new Covid restrictions. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
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Summary:

  • As of January 14th, 15,513 people have been confirmed as having died after testing positive for coronavirus in Sweden (up from 15,482 on January 13th). Sweden normally updates its data Tuesday-Friday at 2pm.
  • Since the start of the outbreak, 8,392 Covid patients have been in intensive care as of January 14th (up from 8,376 on January 13th). The numbers also include those who die after receiving intensive care and patients who have recovered and been discharged. 

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  • There have been 1,560,363 confirmed cases of the coronavirus according to data reported on January 14th (up from 1,534,797 on January 13th).
  • 7,791,147 people aged over 12 had been given at least one dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus as of January 14th, and 7,468,000 had been given two doses. This means 86.2 percent of Sweden’s over-12 population has now had one dose, and 82.7 percent has had two doses. 2,941,448 people over the age of 18 have had three doses – 35.4 percent of that age group.
  • Everyone in Sweden is urged to stay at home if they are at all sick with possible Covid-19 symptoms (even a mild cough or headache), and get tested, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not. Read more about the current rules here.

January 14th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,560,363 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,513 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,392 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care. 

A total of 7,791,147 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,468,000 have received two doses. This corresponds to 86.2 and 82.7 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,941,448 people over the age of 18 have had three doses – 35.4 percent of that age group.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tested positive for Covid-19, the third party leader to get a positive test result after a cross-party meeting this week. She joins Green Party Leader Per Bolund and Centre Party Leader Annie Lööf, who both tested positive earlier in the week.

January 13th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,534,797 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,482 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,376 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care. 

Sweden confirmed 1,769 new infections per 100,000 people in total over the last two weeks. Out of 414,394 people who got a PCR test last week, 32 percent were positive.

A total of 7,785,590 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,455,886 have received two doses. This corresponds to 86.2 and 82.5 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,861,926 people over the age of 18 have had three doses – 34.5 percent of that age group.

The Public Health Agency now recommends that the interval for booster vaccinations be shortened to five months for everyone over the age of 18. In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, it said regions should prioritise people over the age of 50 and people aged 18-49 who belong to risk groups. To find out how to book a vaccine in your region, go to the 1177.se healthcare website and click välj region at the top of the page.

January 12th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,509,230 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,462 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,361 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care.

A total of 7,780,680 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,445,741 have received two doses. This corresponds to 86.1 and 82.4 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,795,018 people over the age of 18 have had three doses – 33.7 percent of that age group.

Sweden’s big city regions – Stockholm, Västra Götaland and Skåne – last week all reported the highest number of new Covid cases in one week during the pandemic. Stockholm’s infectious disease doctor said in a statement that more than 40 percent of tests in the region are currently coming back positive, with Omicron dominating. Here’s more about that in The Local’s daily news roundup.

Swedish radio reports that regions may get the go-ahead this week to shorten the interval between the second and third dose of the Covid vaccine from six to five months for all adults. We’ll report more on The Local as soon as there’s confirmation.

January 11th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,487,291 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,431 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,347 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care.

A total of 7,777,203 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,439,495 have received two doses. This corresponds to 86.1 and 82.3 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,748,544 people over the age of 18 have had three doses – 33.1 percent of that age group.

A series of new Covid measures will come into force in Sweden on Wednesday, including forcing restaurants to close at 11pm and urging adults to limit their “close contacts” indoors by avoiding for example large dinners or parties. Here is The Local’s guide on what you need to know.

“It is undoubtedly the case that the situation has deteriorated. The spread of infection in Sweden is at historically high levels,” said Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson as she announced the new restrictions and recommendations.

An Irish woman told The Local she has “no confidence any more in travelling” after she, her husband and their two small children were held at a Swedish airport overnight over missing Covid test results before being sent back to Ireland. The family had regularly checked EU website Re-open EU – an EU-wide website updated by country authorities – for travel advice prior to the trip, and believed their documents were in order as they were fully vaccinated. But on the morning of the day they travelled, Sweden’s regulations were updated to require foreign visitors to present a negative test. Here’s The Local’s interview with her, the Swedish police and Re-open EU officials.

January 7th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,416,650 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,377 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,311 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care.

A total of 23,877 new cases were confirmed on January 5th. This is now the highest number of confirmed daily infections during the entire pandemic.

A total of 7,771,337 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,430,541 have received two doses. This corresponds to 86.0 and 82.2 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,685,381 people over the age of 18 have had three doses – 32.3 percent of that age group.

January 5th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,375,267 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,369 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,275 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care.

In the last two weeks (not including this week), Sweden confirmed a total of 841 new infections per 100,000 people, said the Public Health Agency’s expert Britta Björkholm at today’s press conference. A total of 327,024 people were tested for Covid-19 last week, and 19 percent came back positive (the week before that the proportion of positive tests was 9 percent).

Omicron is now the dominant variant in Sweden, said Björkholm.

More than 17,000 new cases were confirmed on January 4th. This is now the highest number of confirmed daily infections during the entire pandemic.

A total of 7,761,586 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,412,643 have received two doses. This corresponds to 85.9 and 82 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,569,418 people over the age of 18 have had three doses – 30.9 percent of that age group.

The government has granted the Public Health Agency the power to extend vaccine passes to restaurants and other venues, if it believes it is necessary. But Björkholm told today’s press conference that the agency had not yet decided whether or not to actually extend the scheme.

January 4th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,357,753 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,330 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,275 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care. Today’s update also tells us that Sweden confirmed 11,507 new infections on December 30th – the highest number of confirmed daily infections during the entire pandemic.

A total of 7,757,998 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,406,964 have received two doses. This corresponds to 85.9 and 82 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,524,519 people over the age of 18 have had three doses – 30.4 percent of that age group.

People applying for a Swedish Covid pass via post can expect long delays – up to six weeks, the Dagens Nyheter newspaper reports. Here is our guide on how to get your Swedish Covid-19 pass.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have both tested positive for Covid-19, the Royal Court of Sweden has confirmed.

Starting today, all adults in Stockholm will be offered their Covid booster vaccine six months after their second dose.

December 30th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,314,784 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,310 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,219 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care.

A total of 7,753,150 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,381,069 have received two doses. This corresponds to 85.8 and 81.7 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,468,482 of over-18s have had three doses – 29.7 percent of that age group. Here’s The Local’s guide to how to book your booster dose in each Swedish region.

At least 600 people travelling from Denmark have been denied entry to Sweden since the latter country introduced a new requirement for entry Covid-19 tests on December 28th, border police in southern Sweden confirmed to Danish newswire Ritzau. The Swedish police did not give exact details on the number of Danish citizens who were among the refusals, but said they constituted the “considerable majority”.

We will update this blog next on Monday. We wish all of our readers a happy 2022, with hopes of better times ahead.

December 29th:

Sweden has confirmed 1,303,663 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,297 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,214 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care. At the time of writing, the vaccination data that’s available via the Public Health Agency’s website has not been updated since yesterday.

The number of confirmed new Covid-19 cases increased 14 percent in the week of Christmas, according to a preliminary analysis by the Public Health Agency.

Around 10,000 households in the city of Borås, western Sweden, did not get their post on Monday after around 50 staff fell ill in a Covid outbreak, reported public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio P4’s local station in the Sjuhärad area.

A company that operated a clinic which issued false Covid certificates in Gothenburg has gone into liquidation, reports western Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

December 28th:

This is the first day since before the Christmas holidays that we get updated data on new infections and vaccinations.

There is likely still a Christmas lag, but we know that Sweden has confirmed 1,294,560 cases of coronavirus to date. A total of 15,265 people have died since the start of the pandemic within 30 days of testing positive, and 8,203 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care.

The number of patients currently receiving intensive care for Covid-19 continued to rise over Christmas and has now passed 100.

A total of 7,746,286 people aged over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 7,370,712 have received two doses. This corresponds to 85.7 and 81.6 percent, respectively, of Sweden’s over-12 population. A total of 2,399,970 of over-18s have had three doses – 28.9 percent of that age group. Here’s The Local’s guide to how to book your booster dose in each Swedish region.

Starting today, many foreign travellers need to show a negative Covid test to be allowed to enter Sweden, regardless of whether or not they are fully vaccinated. Here’s what you need to know about the new rules and which Covid tests are considered valid for entry.

In a new article, The Local’s readers share their best advice for travelling to and from Sweden over the holidays as pandemic restrictions and staff shortages cause delays and cancellations. 

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Member comments

  1. I had Covid in December, as million of people. I was sick 3 days and got over it, like most of people. Nothing really different from flue.

  2. I knew I would get this damn Variant , no matter how careful I was . My mistake was taking my mask off in the supermarket several times , praying it would leave me alone . It’s horrible because at first you think it’s a cold then the body aches , fatigue and chills like never before . A lot of my friend with Boosters have got it .The Vaccine needs to be updated . The present vaccines are designed to combat the original outbreak of Covid . This new Variant is a completely Virus and needs to be treated as such with it’s own antidote . Yes the Vaccines safe your lives in most cases , but you cannot avoid catching this new one .

    1. I sincerely hope you get better soon, and I am sorry if you caught it. I dislike that there is zero guidance on the importance of using masks: not your fault, it is the entirety of people that has not been instructed on that. This is a matter of concern since Omicron is damn fast. I also agree on the fact that the present vaccines are not specifically designed for this variant, however, what is emerging is that the booster helps a lot not to avoid the infection but to mitigate its effects. Two friends of mine in Italy, both shot with the booster, got it. However effects seemed to be not too bad for them. Problem here in Sweden is twofold: they are quite slow with third doses, and, there is no protection culture (mask is considered completely useless). The latter is an entire fault of Tegnell’s. I am really concerned that we will have a surge within a week or so. Krya på dig!

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