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Two New Coronavirus Cases Discovered in Västerbotten; Some Supermarket Shelves Emptied

- Total coronavirus cases in Västerbotten now 11 - Supermarkets in Ersboda, Umedalen reportedly out of basic goods - Umeå Student Union makes emergency loans available to members
  • Total coronavirus cases in Västerbotten now 11
  • Supermarkets in Ersboda, Umedalen reportedly out of basic goods
  • Umeå Student Union makes emergency loans available to members

ÅLIDHEM – The Västerbotten County Regional Council announced today in a press release that two more persons have tested positive, bringing the total to 11 coronavirus cases in the region. The Council said that the patients became infected in separate conditions, during trips outside of Sweden, and are now isolated in quarantine in their homes.

Authorities are not releasing the exact locations of any of the 11 infected persons, but SVT television is reporting that one of them is in the mountain town of Klimpfjäll, in the far west of Västerbotten. On Thursday, the Västerbottens-Kuriren reported that Mikael Ericsson, CEO of Motorcentralen, an auto sales shop in Haga, had tested positive. The Swedish national total of confirmed cases is now 924.

“In order to avoid spreading the virus,” the Council wrote, people should not make any “unnecessary visits to people under treatment in a hospital or at home.” The Council also said it is important that people stay home if they have colds or any signs of a respiratory infection.

On Facebook, Umeå residents have been showing pictures of empty shelves at supermarkets around the city. They have reported that basic supplies such as flour, pasta, and toilet paper have been sold out, with specific mention of Ica and Coop supermarkets in Ersboda and Umedalen. Lidl Ålidhem, as of Saturday afternoon, also appeared to be running very low on some types of pasta, flour, and toilet paper.

Meanwhile, some pharmacies, such as Apoteket at Avion in Söderslätt in Teg, are now rationing supplies of hand sanitizer, according to SVT. Customers are limited to purchasing five bottles each. Many products, such as painkillers, prescription medications, and hydrogen peroxide, are selling unusually quickly, the pharmacy told SVT.

The Umeå Student Union announced on its Facebook page that it is making emergency loans available to member students who are “financially affected if teaching and exams are cancelled.” The Union said the National Board of Student Aid (CSN)’s rules state that its funding is withheld from students whose instruction is suspended due to coronavirus. The Board’s national office has so far made no public statement about changing the policy, although the Union wrote that “the issue is currently being dealt with in national bodies.”

Housing operator Bostaden has put up notices instructing residents not to visit its offices if they have any symptoms of the coronavirus. If a member of shared housing is sick, Bostaden is requesting that his or her flatmates only report faults in emergency cases.

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