Sweden’s first minister, Magdalena Andersson, has tested positive for Covid-19, while the Scandinavian country is experiencing a surge in infections. According to his press officer Johann Ekström. The first minister feels good, “she is following the current recommendations and will do her work from home.”
In addition to Anderson, Per Bolund – who heads the Green Party alongside Marta Steneve – and Center Party leader Annie Love have tested positive for the coronavirus after a meeting of party leaders last Wednesday.
Sweden, a country of 10.3 million people, is currently seeing a record number of infections, with a maximum of 25,567 cases recorded yesterday. A number of new virus containment measures were announced earlier this week, including early closures of bars and restaurants and limiting public gatherings to 500 people. Health authorities have warned that the health services situation is already “extremely tense”.
Sweden made headlines in the early days of the pandemic when, unlike most other countries, it did not introduce any form of closure or school closures.
Instead, he took a softer approach, recommending social distancing, working at home, and limited use of face masks. At the same time, Sweden has banned visits to nursing homes, restricted the number of people allowed to attend public meetings and the opening hours of bars and restaurants. Sweden’s death toll is around 15,300 within the European average.
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