Swedish News, April 16:

1,333 deceased in covid-19 in Sweden. 80 percent survive intensive care. Record amount of applications for higher education. Twice as many job seekers. 

  • Sweden's higher death toll compared to neighboring countries is due to the amount of infected in elderly housing according to epidemiologist Anders Tegnell. "What we do in the country must have an effect," says State Epidemiologist Tegnell, "but the amount of deaths among elderly is troubling."
  • 1,333 deceased from covid-19 in Sweden
    A total of 1,333 people have died in Sweden after being infected by the coronavirus. This means that 130 new cases have been registered since yesterday, according to the Public Health Authority. So far, 12,540 people in the country have been confirmed to be infected by the coronavirus. 530 people around the country are currently receiving intensive care. There may still be some backlog in the reported numbers after Easter.

  • About 530 people in Sweden are receiving intensive care after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • 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.

  • Record amount of applications for higher education
    Enrollments for autumn courses and programs at colleges and universities increased this year compared to last year. By the time the admission closed April 15, more than 407,000 applications had been received, which is an increase of 13 percent, according to the Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet, UHR). This also means that the previous top listing from 2014, which was 390,970 applications, passed four percent. 9,000 applications were submitted the hour before the time expired at midnight.

  • Twice as many job seekers
    The number of people who have registered as job seekers at the Arbetsförmedlingen, AF, the Swedish Employment Service, has almost doubled compared to a year ago. From March 1 to today, more than 82,000 have registered as unemployed. This is an increase of over 89 percent compared to the same period in 2019. In March alone this year, AF received more than 54,500 new applicants.