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Sweden Targets 100,000 Coronavirus Tests Weekly

 

The federal government mentioned Friday that testing for COVID-19 could be dramatically elevated as Sweden maintains its softer stance on curbing the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

It will be rolled out over the approaching weeks and primarily goal these in key roles, resembling police and firefighters, along with sufferers with extreme signs and healthcare personnel who’re already prioritized, to permit them to return to work quicker after displaying signs.

“We are talking about testing and analysis capacity of 50,000, perhaps as many as 100,000, a week,” Well being Minister Lena Hallengren advised a press convention.

To this point nearly 75,000 individuals have been examined in Sweden, Hallengren mentioned.

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The Public Well being Company mentioned it had appeared on the entire testing chain and would leverage new actors, resembling employers, to gather samples through take-home kits and personal sector firms to assist evaluation.

Sweden has not imposed the extraordinary lockdown measures seen throughout Europe, as a substitute urging individuals to take duty and comply with official suggestions.

The federal government has banned gatherings of greater than 50 individuals and barred visits to nursing properties.

On Thursday, Sweden reported 12,540 confirmed instances of COVID-19 and 1,333 deaths.

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