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COVID-19 in Sweden

There is an ongoing outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Government and the Government Offices are following developments carefully and are in continuous contact with the responsible authorities.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has a national responsibility for public health issues and works to ensure good public health. The agency also works to ensure that the population is protected against communicable diseases and other health threats.

One important mission of the Public Health Agency is to disseminate scientifically based knowledge that prevents ill-health and disease and supports society in the work against health threats.

The Public Health Agency closely monitors the course of events when it comes to COVID-19, conducts microbiological analyses, and assesses risks and developments of the outbreak. Health care, regional infectious disease control units and other stakeholders are informed about the current situation and the Agency also decides what relevant measures to take.

There is close collaboration with other govenment agencies (e.g. the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and the National Board of Health and Welfare), the regional infectious disease control units, as well as with the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Please refer to their FAQs about COVID-19, including questions about quarantaine etc. You can find it here.

TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS TO SWEDEN: Different countries have chosen different solutions when it comes to travel recommendations and control of healthy evacuated people and travelers from affected areas. Sweden, as well as other Nordic countries, follow the WHO’s guidelines and ECDC's recommendations. People who may be exposed to infection and develop respiratory symptoms such as a cough, difficulty breathing or fever should call health care services to assess whether it is necessary to test for COVID-19.

Please refer to their FAQs about COVID-19, including questions about quarantaine etc. You can find it here.

 

CURRENT EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN SWEDEN

Follow the current situation here (in Swedish only).

 

RELEVANT MEASURES TAKEN BY SWEDISH AUTHORITIES

  • Schools and preschools in Sweden: From a communicable disease control perspective, the Public Health Agency of Sweden does not currently consider there to be any reason for healthy pupils or staff to stay home from school regardless of whether they have been abroad or not. Read more about this here(in Swedish only).

 

  • Prohibition against holding public gatherings and events: On 11 March, the Government adopted an ordinance prohibiting holding public gatherings and events. The ordinance means that, as of Thursday 12 March and until further notice, it is forbidden throughout Sweden to hold public gatherings and events with more than 500 participants. Read more here.  
  • Measures taken by the Government are listed on Government.se (in English) here and on regeringen.se (in Swedish) here. Please mind that more information is available in Swedish.

 

LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Last updated 20 Mar 2020, 4.06 PM