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Sharp increase in delta cases reported since June 9

Aftonbladet’s review of the situation showed that the number of reported cases of the delta variant increased by 70 percent in five days.

– This virus has surprised us before, and there is a risk that it will do it again, says Maria Amir, an infection control doctor in Jutland.

The Public Health Agency reported on Thursday As of June 9, 71 new cases were discovered in Sweden of the most contagious type of coronavirus that was previously called the Indian mutation, and now the variant has become delta. They must have been discovered with the help of so-called whole genome sequencing.

The authority found that the number of people infected with the delta variant was increasing, mainly in Värmland and Blicking. Therefore, stricter infection control measures have been introduced in both regions.

Aftonbladet’s survey of infection control units in all regions now shows that the number of reported confirmed cases of the delta virus rose to 121 last Monday. That means a 70 percent increase since June 9.

Gotland had two cases reported on June 9, according to Swedish Public Health Agency. On June 14, there were five cases, according to infection control doctor Maria Amir Gotland Region:

“This virus has surprised us before, and there is a risk that it will do it again,” she says.

Maria Amir, an infection control doctor in Gotland.

picture: Peter Wikström

more contagious

In a press release, the Swedish Public Health Agency stated that the delta mutation “is believed to have an increased dispersal capacity compared to other variants”.

In an interview with TV4 On Tuesday, FHM’s Head of Infection Control and Health Protection, Britta Björkholm, confirmed that Sweden now had a community spread of the mutation. She also said that it is spread by young people.

– Don’t just show travel-related cases, so be it. We can already say that its scope appears to be increasing.

Värmland and Blekinge have introduced more stringent measures.

picture: Johan Nelson / TT

The authority also wrote that “preliminary analyzes show that protection against vaccination after a single dose is slightly lower against the delta variant, but that two doses of the vaccine provide good protection.”

Region by Region

Thus, the reported prevalence of the delta variant has changed in the regions. The June 9 figure comes from the Public Health Agency’s compilation, while the June 14 figure comes from the Aftonbladet survey.

The difference in numbers is sometimes due to delays in reporting from regions to the Public Health Agency. Stockholm region write, for example In a press release 35 cases of the delta variant were found by June 7, while the Public Health Agency reported 29 cases in the Stockholm region on June 9.

Bleking

June 9: 4 cases reported

June 14: 16 cases reported

Four other people are suspected of having the delta variant. Their samples are now being sequenced. Infection control doctor Bengt Witsjo says:

It’s hard to assess how severe it is, but there is a risk that we will have social spread in the same way we see it in the UK. Even more worrisome, it appears that two doses of the vaccine are needed to get good protection against disease.

Dalarna

June 9: 1 case reported

June 14: 1 case reported

– We found a case with an infected person in India. Anders Lindblom, an infection control doctor in the Dalarna region, says tracing of the infection hasn’t shown it has spread further.

How serious is the situation regarding the delta variable in your area?

Not serious yet, but it’s important to keep an eye on all the variables, both known and those that might emerge in the future, says Lindblom.

Gotland

June 9: Two cases reported

June 14: 5 cases reported

More suspected cases are now being investigated. Maria Amir, an infection control doctor in Gotland, says:

– Cases are serialized around, so there may be additional cases associated with the groups we’re currently investigating. It is difficult to determine how much.

How dangerous is the situation around the delta variable in Gotland?

At the moment, I don’t see the situation as worrying. But we take this very seriously and map the spread. We also have a small number of cases overall on Gotland at the moment.

Gävleburg

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: No case reported

According to infection control doctor Shah Jalal, the area has not been confirmed or suspected of having delta disease.

Haaland

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: No case reported

Halland region has zero confirmed and no suspected cases.

– But we are watching the situation and anticipating its downfall, says Johanna Fischl Steyer, director of communications for the region.

Jämtland Härjedalen

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: No case reported

Jönköping

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: No case reported

Kalmar

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: No case reported

We are now increasing the level of ambition in our infection tracing to be able to quickly stop infection around every confirmed case, regardless of the alternative, says Lisa Lappe Sandlin, an infection control physician in Kalmar County.

Kronoberg

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: 1 case reported

– We have a confirmed case in sequence, says Hampus Hjorton, an assistant infection control physician in the Kronoberg area.

How many suspected delta cases do you have?

– Can’t answer, he says.

Norbotten

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: No case reported

– We have data up to week 20 and so far in our samples no delta mutation was found, says infection control doctor Anders Nystedt.

sky

June 9: 1 case reported

June 14: 1 case reported

We don’t have new suspected cases with delta variant, says Eva Melander, an infection control physician in Skåne.

Stockholm

June 9: 29 cases reported

June 14: 36 cases reported

36 cases with delta were reported based on a sample of at least ten percent sequenced. We currently have no suspicions of an outbreak of delta disease in the region. There are a small number of cases that are in contact with confirmed cases and we suspect that they are of the delta type. The region has intensified infection tracking in relation to the delta, and the proportion of PCR-positive samples being sequenced is steadily increasing, says Hana Vilnius, a press officer for the Stockholm region.

Södermanland

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: No case reported

Uppsala

June 9: 3 cases reported

June 14: 4 cases reported

The Uppsala region has four confirmed cases of the delta variant, two of which are from April. About these cases, there are 15-20 suspicious cases that are being investigated by our infection tracking unit, says infection control nurse Johann Hedlund.

Värmland

June 9: 15 cases reported

June 14: 39 cases reported

We have currently received a report of 183 suspected cases. With intensive typing, we will now also in the near future be able to relate the presence of the delta variable to other variables, especially the so-called alpha variable, which has dominated for some time. Infection control Värmland is taking the situation seriously because we have recently seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in Värmland with relatively many cases of the delta variant occurring, infection control doctor Engimar Hallen wrote to Aftonbladet on Saturday.

Hallen replied Monday that the number of cases has not changed since then.

Västerbotten

June 9: 1 case reported

June 14: Two cases reported

– Both were infected outside the province, one abroad and the other in another Swedish region. Tracing the infection is still ongoing, but no new cases have been identified based on those two cases yet, says Infection Control Physician Assistant Gunilla Persson.

How dangerous is the situation around the delta variable?

– At the moment the situation is not serious, but we are tightening the rules for home communication. You must have received two doses of the vaccine, rather than one, in order to be exempt from quarantine, Pearson says.

Västernorrland

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: No case reported

– We do not have information on suspected cases yet. For now, Deputy Infection Control Doctor Maria Tempe says the situation with the delta variant is not serious in the region.

Vastmanland

June 9: Two cases reported

June 14: Two cases reported

We are awaiting an answer to the full genome sequencing of about ten samples regarding the two previously confirmed cases, says acting infection control doctor Emily Manson.

VASTRA GOTALAND

June 9: 11 cases reported

June 14: 11 cases reported

Orebro

June 9: No cases reported

June 14: 1 case reported

Östergötland

June 9: Two cases reported

June 14: Two cases reported

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