Sweden’s armed forces carry out ‘successful’ exercise to prepare for coronavirus outbreak


(The Local SE) – In Sweden, the risk of coronavirus spreading is judged by authorities to be low. But at the end of January, the Swedish Armed Forces carried out an exercise moving a mobile laboratory and staff from Umeå, in the north of Sweden, to Uppsala University Hospital in order to develop analysis methods for identifying the coronavirus.

“When we saw the progress of the virus, we identified a chance to test our capabilities in terms of laboratories, and to make our staff and resources available to the National CBRN Defence Centre,” said Philip Bacchus, head of the centre in Umeå.

The National CBRN Defence Centre has military and civilian expertise to deal with threats of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) nature. Infection protection analyses and virus control are not among its primary tasks, but the exercise was judged to be a success.

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