Swedish police investigate faulty COVID-19 tests

According to newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen, a private health trust, Doktorgruppen is suspected of performing COVID-19 tests around Sweden and writing false certificates within a few hours. [Shutterstock/Horth Rasur]

Swedish police have raided several premises of a private health trust around the Stockholm metropolitan area following reports that up to 100,000 Swedes may have received an incorrect COVID-19 test result, according to the Swedish media.

Private health trust Doktorgruppen is suspected of performing COVID-19 tests around Sweden and writing false certificates within a few hours, according to newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen.

However, the group was not submitting the samples for analysis, meaning those with a COVID-19 infection could have been left to unknowingly spread the virus.

The customers paid around €167 for the test and certificate. It is estimated that the suspected individuals may have pocketed almost up to €10 million during the pandemic.

According to Expressen, the main suspect is a 33-year-old Swedish doctor, along with six other individuals, all of whom deny allegations of wrongdoing, according to the Swedish News Agency, TT.

(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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