Swedish News, April 12:

Twelve new deaths in Sweden. More than 80 percent survive intensive care. Migration stops during corona crisis. The EU approves loan guarantee 

  • Twelve new deaths in Sweden
    On Sunday April 12, the Public Health Agency reported twelve new deaths as a result of covid-19 in Sweden. 332 new confirmed cases of infection have been identified, bringing the total figure in the country to 10,483. A total of 839 persons have been treated in intensive care, compared with 789 yesterday. Of the deceased, 523 are men and 376 are women. Of those in intensive care, 633 are men and 206 women.

  • More than 80 percent survive intensive care
    More and more patients are being discharged from intensive care in Stockholm - and more than 80 percent of those in intensive care survive. The situation is much better than expected, according to David Konrad, chief physician of Karolinska Institute's intensive care department. Today, 320 intensive care sites are open in Stockholm, where 220 covid-19 patients are currently being cared for. Every day, between six and twelve new intensive care patients are enrolled.

  • Migration stops during corona crisis
    Closed borders and canceled flights have caused migration in and out of Sweden to stop. The number of asylum seekers has dropped from an average of 450 a week to 200 last week. The Migration Board estimates that the vast majority were people who were already in Sweden.

  • The EU approves loan guarantee
    The European Commission approves the loan guarantees of SEK 5 billion ($500 million) that the government has promised to save the Swedish aviation industry. The virus outbreak has meant that almost all demand for air travel has disappeared. The loan guarantee means that the state offers loans to airlines in Sweden that have a traffic permit. SEK 1.5 billion ($150 million) is earmarked for Scandinavian Airlines, SAS. In April, the number of travelers decreased by 97 percent, according to Swedavia, which owns and operates ten of Sweden's busiest airports. Several airports currently completely lack regular air traffic.