Sweden reports over 2,000 COVID-19 deaths as cases dramatically increase

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-24 04:04:19|Editor: huaxia

STOCKHOLM, April 23 (Xinhua) -- A total of 16,755 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Sweden, with 751 new cases registered between Wednesday and Thursday. The death toll is now 2,021.

The dramatic rise in confirmed cases over the past day can partly be explained by the fact that testing has been extended among medical staff, said deputy state epidemiologist Anders Wallensten at the Public Health Agency's daily press briefing.

"We are absolutely not seeing a decline," Wallensten warned, stressing that the pandemic is far from over and urging all Swedes to stay at home.

During Thursday's press conference, Wallensten also addressed an error in a mathematical modeling report presented two days earlier. It was retracted and revised and then published anew on Thursday.

"A variable had been set at the wrong value and it affected the entire analysis. Now, the estimated date for the peak of the infection curve has been set at April 8 and not April 15 as was previously said. Also, in Stockholm 26 percent of residents are likely to have been infected by May 1, which is somewhat lower than the previous estimate," said Wallensten. Enditem