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Online posts falsely claim Sweden stopped using PCR tests for Covid-19 in May 2021

Updated on 04/06/2021 at 13:45

A claim has been shared in multiple Facebook posts since May 2021 that Sweden stopped using PCR tests for diagnosing Covid-19 as these tests are purportedly unable to detect contagiousness. The claim is false: Sweden continues to use PCR tests in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 as of June 4, 2021.  Swedish health authorities use clinical criteria -- not PCR tests -- to assess whether someone infected with the virus is still contagious.