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No discernible increase in the number of deaths

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The number of deaths in Sweden appears to have reached a plateau, according to Statistics Sweden’s preliminary weekly statistics. The number of deaths in Stockholm County appear to be falling.

The preliminary statistics have now been updated up to and including 30 April. At national level, the peak remains 2 539 deaths (an adjustment of an additional 34 deaths since the previous publication) in week 15 (ending 12 April). That is the highest number of deaths registered in a week during the entire 2000s.

In week 16 (ending 19 April) there were 2 442 deaths registered in Sweden. In week 17 (ending 26 April), 1 985 deaths were registered.

“However, these are preliminary statistics. In all likelihood, they will be revised upwards,” says Linus Garp, statistician at Statistics Sweden’s Population and Economic Welfare unit.

In Stockholm County, the numbers appear to be declining slightly. In week 16 (ending 19 April), there were 659 deaths registered, which is 115 fewer than in week 15.

Statistics Sweden compares the preliminary statistics on deaths with the average for corresponding periods in 2015-2019.

“The development at regional level looks stable now, on the whole. It does not look like there are any new counties with a considerable rise in the number of deaths compared to the base line for 2015-2019,” says Linus Garp.

In the Excel file, these statistics are also presented by region and municipality, and by sex and age.

Facts: Preliminary statistics

Statistics Sweden’s preliminary statistics on deaths have been produced to provide rapid access to developments during the coronavirus outbreak, and to enable comparison with previous years. The statistics are reported on Mondays and should be regarded as raw data. These statistics are updated as new data is made available, as there is a lag in reporting, in particular for the days closest to publication.

Statistics from two weeks ago are not expected to change substantially. Previous years’ statistics are based on Statistics Sweden’s final observation register. Only persons whose date of death is known are included in the above calculations.

These statistics do not list the cause of death, but rather present the number of deaths among people registered in the population in Sweden.


Preliminary statistics on deaths (xlsx)

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