16 March, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sweden: Updates and Q&A

Coronavirus in Sweden: Updates and Q&A

We know that lack of information, language barrier, and feeling uncertain makes the current situation even more difficult for Newbies in Sweden. That’s why we decided to create a list of reliable sources that report information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) status in English, as well as post short summaries from Swedish media.

What are the most reliable sources available in English or easy Swedish that I can follow?

We recommend the following:

What is the current status of the Coronavirus and how is the situation developing in Sweden?

Update: 01.04.2020

  • new rules regarding a-kassa: it is easier now to get the employment insurance paid out (you must work for a minimum 6 months for 40 hours per month – not, as before, 80 hours)
  • Swedish Public Health Agency advises against travelling on public communication and gathering in crowdy places
  • sports organizations are advised to cancel the upcoming matches
  • there are guidelines regarding the limits of the number of people in buses, trains and stores

Update: 28.03.2020

  • 3046 confirmed cases in Sweden, 92 dead coronavirus victims
  • Sweden bans gatherings of more than 50
  • Sweden gyms remain open
  • Swedish restaurants offer only table service now

Update: 20.03.2020

  • 1623 confirmed cases in Sweden, 16 dead coronavirus victims
  • everyone who is sick must stay home, avoid traveling, work from home and visit elderly people
  • people above 70 are urged to avoid social contact and spending time in crowded areas as much as possible
  • Volvo Cars pauses production in Sweden on March 26
  • Swedish public health agency advises against taking an Easter break in ski resorts

Update: 18.03.2020

  • 1196 confirmed cases in Sweden, 10 dead coronavirus victims
  • Sweden is closing borders to most non-EU travelers
  • Unionen reaches Coronavirus layoff agreement. From now on, employees’ working hours can be cut. Then, the Swedish state will step in. It means that the employee will retain around 90% of salary.

Update: 17.03.2020

  • 1121 confirmed cases in Sweden, 8 dead (all the Coronavirus victims in Sweden were elderly people with other health conditions)
  • The Swedish government advised doing distance learning in upper secondary schools and universities. The Swedish government is currently considering closing preschools and primary schools as well.
  • New rules for public transport. From now on, the passengers do not board the bus by the front door to protect the drivers. It means that you don’t need to validate your ticket the same way you did before. But you still need to have a ticket with you (either in the SL app or on SL card).
  • CSN states to continue to pay the support for students who study remotely.
  • Filmstaden closes all the cinemas.

According to the following sources: Dagens Nyheter, Dagens Industri, Aftonbladet, SVT (since 13.03.2020):

  • 1059 confirmed cases in Sweden, 7 dead (all the Coronavirus victims in Sweden were elderly people with other health conditions)
  • Finland shuts schools and universities to try to slow virus
  • Stockholmsbörsen (Swedish Stock Exchange) is down. SAS, Scandic and some other Nordic companies massively lay off their employees.
  • Stockholmers are urged to work from home.
  • Sweden launches 300 billion kronor crisis package.
  • Karensdagen is temporarily cancelled – it means that, unlike before, the first day of your absence at work will be still paid.
  • The Swedish government has decided to ban public events with over 500 people. Anyone who breaks this law can get fines or up to six months in prison. This law will stay in place as long as it is considered necessary to limit the spread of the virus.
  • The spring’s högskoleprov (scholastic aptitude test SAT) has been cancelled.
  •  To alleviate the health care sector, to request of a medical certificate for the first 14 days sick leave is not available.

What can I do if I was fired because of Coronavirus?

Currently, there is no additional help for those who lost their jobs due to Coronavirus. You might be entitled though to get the standard unemployment benefits.

What if I have the symptoms of Coronavirus?

As you might have heard, they are testing people only in special cases. Even if you have it, you’ll probably have a fever and dry cough. You can try to call Vårdcentralen (1177) or a special Coronavirus line (113 13). Currently, lines are very busy and it usually takes around 1.5 hours to speak to a medical nurse. Most people develop only mild symptoms that are similar to a common cold or flu. In this case, you don’t need any specialistic help. In case you have a high fever and respiratory problems, contact the numbers above.

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