Coronavirus in Sweden: How many cases are there in your neighbourhood?

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In the table below, you can see how many new coronavirus cases were confirmed in each of Sweden’s 290 municipalities during the week ending April 18th (the most recent for which data is available) and how many that is per 10,000 residents.

For the three biggest cities (Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö) the data is shown by stadsdel or neighbourhood rather than municipality. We have used the Swedish names, for example Göteborg Centrum, for consistency.

Note that direct comparisons nationwide can be difficult. Varying population sizes mean any increase is more pronounced per capita in a small municipality, and healthcare in Sweden is managed at the regional level, which means different areas may use different criteria for testing and so a smaller or larger proportion of total cases may be discovered.

In the week ending April 18th, three municipalities (Örnsköldsvik, Mellerud and Hofors) reported over 100 new cases per 10,000 inhabitants. This means that in these areas, one percent of the local population received a positive test result last week alone.

A further 65 municipalities or neighbourhoods reported 50 or more new cases per 10,000 residents.

If 50 new cases were reported per 10,000 residents, that means 0.5 percent of the local population, or 1 in every 200, received a positive Covid-19 test result that week. That’s not necessarily a full picture of how many people have the virus, since people may be infected and contagious for longer than one week, and not everyone who is infected will be tested.

Current guidance is that you should get a test if you experience symptoms that don’t go away within 24 hours, if someone you have been in close contact with tests positive and you have symptoms or are contacted by contact tracers and told to get tested, and if you return to Sweden after any travel overseas.

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