Swedish News, April 15: 1,203 deceased in covid-19 in Sweden
A total of 1,203 people have died in Sweden after being infected by the coronavirus. This means that 170 new cases have been registered since yesterday, according to the Public Health Authority. 525 people around the country are currently receiving intensive care. There may still be some backlog in the reported numbers after Easter.

Actions for $ 107 billion in budget
The government's spring budget presented today is historic. It contains measures for SEK 107 billion. The budget includes extra money for municipalities and regions, relief for companies such as short-term permits and reduced employers' fees. One of the largest increases is 20 new billions in 2020 to regions and municipalities, of which SEK 12.5 billion is a permanent support. Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson does not rule out additional crisis measures.

The government wants to raise the spending ceiling
The government wants room for further measures to curb the corona crisis. Therefore, it is proposed that the ceiling for central government expenses be increased by SEK 350 billion to SEK 1,742 billion. So far, measures linked to the corona crisis totaling SEK 107 billion have been presented. However, the Government notes that Sweden's economic development is very difficult to assess and that more measures may be needed. The Spring Bill also states that it may be relevant to request an increase in the expense ceiling for 2021 and 2022.

Car manufacturers are preparing to start up factories
Swedish vehicle manufacturers are now planning for a restart. Truck manufacturer Scania states that a clear majority of suppliers in Europe are ready to resume their deliveries, which is why they are planning a trial start on April 21. Volvo Trucks has started its furnace for casting engine blocks in Köping, which takes two weeks to warm up and Volvo Cars plans to open several factories next week.