Plan for the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19

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The number of people falling seriously ill with COVID-19 has decreased recently, but according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden there is a risk that new local and regional outbreaks could occur in Sweden. The Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Medical Products Agency, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the county administrative boards have therefore been instructed by the Government to produce a plan for the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19.

“The number of people falling seriously ill with COVID-19 continues to decrease, which is good news. At the same time, we must be prepared for the spread of the virus to pick up pace again. It is important that our crisis preparedness is as good as possible to minimise the impact,” says Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren.

“Our stamina is another critical factor. For this reason, additional coordinated information measures will be necessary in the autumn, and the Government wants to see the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency prepare for this,” says Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has been tasked with drawing up various scenarios, both national and regional, of how the spread of the virus could develop in Sweden over the coming year, with a focus on autumn 2020. The different scenarios must contain key assumptions, numbers of infections and death rates. No later than 20 July 2020, the Public Health Agency of Sweden will inform the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Medical Products Agency, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the county administrative boards about the scenarios it has drawn up.

“To deal with any new outbreaks of COVID-19, it is important to take into account the regional perspectives of the county administrative boards. They are the Government’s extended arm in crises around the country and also have knowledge about the specific challenges and conditions prevailing in each county,” says Minister for Public Administration Lena Micko.

On the basis of the scenarios drawn up by the Public Health Agency of Sweden:

• the Public Health Agency of Sweden will assess what measures should be taken within its area of responsibility to quickly detect new outbreaks, curb the spread of the virus and minimise the number of infections and deaths;

• the Medical Products Agency will produce a plan for measures that may be necessary at various stages of an outbreak;

• the National Board of Health and Welfare will assess what measures, both national and regional, may be necessary within its area of responsibility to strengthen health care services and the ability of social services to effectively manage new outbreaks;

• the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency will assess what measures may be necessary within its area of responsibility and produce a plan for how these measures can be implemented (for the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency this is mainly a matter of managing and pursuing coordination between actors involved in critical services, taking responsibility for coordination of crisis communication through targeted information measures and providing support in terms of transport and logistics for protective equipment); and

• the county administrative boards will produce a plan for measures that may be necessary (for example guidance, supervision and restrictions on public gatherings and events), and produce a plan for how these are to be implemented. Halland County Administrative Board is coordinating the assignment.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Medical Products Agency, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the county administrative boards must submit their final report by 1 September 2020.

Press contact

Jasmina Sofic
Press Secretary to the Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 73 085 72 64
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Per Strängberg
Press Secretary to the Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg
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Mobile +46 73 093 90 56
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