During week 37 this year, the reported absence in total in the municipality was 13 percent, which can be compared with 2020 when the level was 11 percent.

In 2019, the registered absence was six percent of all students in the municipal schools.

- What we can see is that other infectious diseases are booming.

We get signals that there are more people who have stomach ailments and have a cold than a year ago, says Jenny Stanser, head of primary school in Södertälje municipality.

Hear the principal at Fornbackaskolan talk about how the students are affected by the absence in the video above.