It was only a few weeks ago that the world was watching Sweden in admiration as it appeared to have overcome the Covid-19 virus through widespread immunity.
Unfortunately cases in Stockholm, the nation’s capital, have once again began to increase. In the last week of September, a total of 923 people tested positive for covid-19 in the Stockholm region. This is a stark increase from the week before, which presented only 537 new confirmed cases.
At first, many attributed this increase in case number to an increase in testing. However, analyses of wastewater at three facilities in Stockholm have put these rumours to bed. Recent studies have shown that the virus can be accurately detected in wastewater, and such methods have been used to confirm the legitimate increase in covid-19 cases in the Stockholm region.
Such results have led researchers to conclude that the covid-19 virus may now be as prolific as it was in the month of May, within the Stockholm region.