92 deaths so far in Sweden
Anders Tegnell, state epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency, says that Sweden now has over 3,000 diagnosed cases and 92 deaths. The deaths have increased after the Stockholm region found more deaths in the early days of the epidemic. There has been a gradual rise in cases in Sweden over the past two to three weeks. 209 people have received intensive care. There is still care capacity remaining in Sweden, according to Tegnell. The authority has produced a new graphic of the development, which is updated at 14.00 every day. For info, see www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se

Meetings with over 50 prohibited
Public gatherings with more than 50 people are prohibited in Sweden from March 29. This was announced by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a press conference on March 27. The rules apply to public meetings and public events that are subject to permits. Director of Public Health Johan Carlson said he believes that they will also be the norm for private gatherings. Anyone who violates the new rules risks fines or imprisonment for up to six months. The police have the right to cancel or dissolve gatherings.

Löfven: Do not travel unnecessarily
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven urged everyone to take his responsibility when he met the press on March 27. He urged everyone to abstain from leisure trips and said the situation is now dire. "Anyone who goes against advice and instructions in this situation takes on a heavy responsibility," Löfven said. State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell at another press conference said that there are ominous tendencies for people to start going to work again. “What we do now affects the number of IVA patients in two weeks,” Tegnell reminded.

200 additional respirators
Another 200 respirators are on their way to Swedish health care according to Social Minister Lena Hallengren at a press conference March 27. The respirators are manufactured by Göteborg headquartered international company Getinge and will start being delivered in April.

More than a thousand operations canceled
The corona crisis is increasingly affecting the hospitals’ regular operations. During the first four days of the week, approximately 1,300 planned surgeries were canceled due to lack of space due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Resources are redirected to intensive care.

3 out of 4 seriously ill are men
Men are over-represented among the most severely ill with Covid-19 in Sweden. Figures from the Swedish Intensive Care Register show that a total of 200 people received intensive care for Covid-19. Almost 75% of them, 149 people, are men. There’s so far no explanation for the dominance of men among patients. Of those who need intensive care in Sweden, just over 76% also have an underlying disease, with high blood pressure being the most common right now.

Private healthcare professionals called in
Private healthcare personnel are called in to help with the situation at Stockholm’s Emergency Hospitals, which have become increasingly strained, reports Dagens Industri.