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Latest information about the coronavirus

Published: 12 March 2020

Updated 6 May 17.30
Please take a moment to read the latest information from the University management. The text will be updated as soon as new information is available. The following is addressed to staff and students at Luleå University of Technology due to the coronavirus/Covid-19.

Latest information

As a reminder of the acute situation of Covid-19, here is  the film with Chief County Medical officer for infectious diseases control Anders Nystedt.

Local restrictions in Västerbotten

Region Västerbotten is extending its local restrictions until 9 May. Among other things, travel within and outside the region should be avoided.

Unstable situation

As the infection situation for covid-19 is currently uncertain, everyone is urged to continue to be restrictive and follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden´s general regulations and general guidelines.

Updated information regarding teaching in the spring of 2021 can be found on the pages Information for students and Information for staff.

Information about work at home on Information for staff.

You can find the government´s national restrictions due to Covid-19 on the site of Public Healt Agenncy of Sweden.

The serious situation

On November 16, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven gave a speech about the serious situation in the country due to covid-19. A number of restrictions already apply, including avoiding indoor environments such as shops, shopping centers, museums, libraries, public swimming pools and gyms. This also applies to, for example, meetings, concerts, shows, sports training, matches and sports competitions. Trips, short and long, should only take place if they are necessary.

In order to reduce the spread of infection, everyone must take responsibility.

It is very important to:

  • Stay at home with the slightest symptoms of a cold
  • Test yourself if you are ill and stay at home until you get an answer
  • If you are ill, take a test for Covid-19. If not, you have to stay at home at least seven days, and the last two days with no symptoms.  
  • Cough and sneez in the armpit
  • Keep the distance between each other
  • Avoid crowds
  • Wash your hands

Reduce the spread of infection
Now we need to help and persevere with routines to avoid infection. Keep in mind that:

  • Keep your distance.
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home if you feel the slightest symptom.

About Covid-19

  • If anyone close to you or in your household has received covid-19, read the information  (only in swedish) of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and here (the english information) . 
  • Region Norrbotten informs that people with cold symptoms can test for Covid-19. Region Västerbotten also conduct tests.
  • You who have a confirmed covid-19 infection should stay at home for at least seven days after you have fallen ill. You should also have been free from symptoms the last two days and clearly feel better, according to the Swedish Health Agency, the heading "How can we reduce the spread of infection".
  • Region Norrbotten, infection tracing unit, initiates infection tracing and discussion about possible measures at workplaces and schools. The Public Health Agency in Sweden informs about contact tracing here (only in Swedish).

Spring 2021

  • You as a student must be prepared for a mixed teaching with physical presence and distance learning. If you attend year 1, the teaching can to some extent take place on the university's premises. Your teacher will inform you about what applies.Your teacher will inform you about what applies. 
  • Classrooms and the university library have been adapted to follow the guidelines on precautionary measures, such as physical distancing and access to hand alcohol, as well as the possibility of hand washing. The university has also intensified cleaning, including wiping with disinfectants on contact surfaces. 
  • The size of the groups for, among other things, teaching and examination must be adapted with a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters. Classrooms and auditoriums are adapted to current recommendations, which means half the number of seats. In large auditoriums, a third of the seats are used. Everyone has a responsibility to follow that recommendation. In all campus there is information about covid-19 in public places and in classrooms.
  • The university continues to urge everyone to take the precautions recommended by the Swedish Public Health Agency, good hand hygiene, stay home for cold symptoms, even mild symptoms, avoid touching your hands on your face, and keep your distance from others.
  • Staff and students must be able to feel secure that Luleå University of Technology complies with the Swedish Public Health Agency's regulations and general advice. If a student or employee is very worried, they are encouraged to contact their course coordinator or immediate supervisor.

Travels and visitors


Read more here.

For International Master Students

Recommendations from the Public Health Agency

  • Read the recommendations, in english and other languages, from the Public Health Agency of Sweden here

Changes in waiting period deduction

Recommendations to avoid the spred of Covid-19

  • Important! If you are sick, stay at home!
  • All staff/students who exhibit the slightest signs of cold/respiratory symptoms should stay at home, according to recommendations from the the Publich Health Agency of Sweden. Staff should report sickness according to ordinary routines.
  • Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face and eyes and close contact with people who are sick.

Check your facts and stay updated

Continue to follow information at this web site and the websites of the expert authorities. As the situation is constantly changing the University's management has coordination meetings two- threee days a week.