Sweden

Sweden’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on 31 January 2020 after a woman returning from Wuhan, China, tested positive. By mid March the first cases of community transmission were confirmed, as was the first fatality. Unlike many countries, Sweden has not imposed a lockdown, instead focusing on voluntary measures. The Swedish constitution prohibits ministerial rule but following Public Health Agency recommendations it has implemented physical distancing measures, including banning large gatherings and closing secondary schools and universities.

Key statistics

  • Confirmed cases

    27,272

  • Cases per 100,000 people

    263.92

  • Deaths

    3,313

  • Recovered cases

    4,971

  • Days since first case

    103

  • Days since 100 cases

    68

  • Days since highest daily increase

    19

These statistics were last updated for 15 May 2020 and are drawn from the Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Cases dataset, published by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University, via API by Laeyoung.

Government of Sweden COVID-19 policies

Last updated 22 April 2020

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