Edited May 5th, 2020
The Swedish Public Health Authority (FoHM) Presents in their daily press conferences the Corona epidemic situation in Sweden, including the number of deaths. On the 5th April, the Swedish news agency TT presented an estimate that the the actual number of deaths could be as much as twice the number reported. The TT report was quickly redacted.
TT have emphasized that the number may be higher, as there is a lag in reporting.
Updated figures from the Swedish Public Health Agency show in retrospect that the death toll on some days has been higher than the previous data, TT’s review shows.
On March 25, a total of 42 deaths were reported, but after a subsequent revision, the figure was 97 even then. On March 26, 66 deaths were reported, but after a revision, the figure was 124.
On Saturday, a cumulative total of 373 deaths were reported in Sweden. TT wrote on Saturday morning that the actual number could be around 750 dead, if the backlog is as large as, for example, March 26.
The TT story about how there is a considerable lag in reporting of the number of deaths is consistent with the the FoHM reports. The number reported for any given day has been increasing the following days, and has consistently continued to grow for up to two weeks. By the time the tally settles, it had been twice the intially reported number. Everything that TT wrote was correct, except one thing:
That said, Everything about the TT article was correct, except the conclusion that the numbers reported today were likely to double in the coming two weeks.
“On Saturday, a cumulative total of 373 deaths were reported in Sweden. TT wrote on Saturday morning that the actual number could be around 750 dead, if the backlog is as large as, for example, March 26.” Should have been left out. But – Everything until that line was absolutely correct. Corrected the headline should read:
TT: The cumulative death toll reported has been half the number of actual deaths.
Total number of deaths leading to April 6th as reported by FoHM on April 6.