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In Sweden, too, the infection has increased sharply recently. Like Norway, the health authorities in Sweden are therefore announcing new and stricter measures.

In Sweden, it is first and foremost the inhabitants of the regions of Stockholm, Västra Götaland and Östergötland who are affected by the measures.

Here you are now asked to follow these tips:

  • Do not stay indoors in public places such as shopping malls, museums, libraries, swimming pools and fitness centers.
  • Residents are asked not to have physical contact with anyone other than those they live with.
  • People are also encouraged to refrain from attending social events such as dinners and parties.

– I just got to know about this, and it sounds boring. But it is needed, says Ruben Bergengren in Stockholm to SVT, who has asked the Swedes what they think about the measures.

Ruben Bergengren (left) in Stockholm believes the new measures are necessary.

Photo: Screenshot: SVT

The advice also applies to events such as concerts and sports events.

– Many people do not care about it (the new advice). I try to think of myself instead, says Toi Sahlman, who wears a face mask when he is out walking on the street.

– I do not want to infect others, he says.

Increasing spread of infection

During the last 24 hours, the number of new registered cases of infection in the country was 2,820, the highest number so far in Sweden.

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said that there are clear signs that the spread of infection is increasing in Sweden during a press conference on Thursday.

– We are starting to approach the limit of what society can handle, he said, according to SVT.

– The proportion of positive tests has increased from between three and four percent, to five percent. This indicates that we have an increasing spread of infection, says Tegnell, who according to Aftonbladet threatens to close parts of public transport if the measures do not have the desired effect.

– It may be necessary to close parts of public transport and certain businesses, he says.

State epidemiologist Tegnell attends COVID-19 presses in Stockholm

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell says there are signs that the spread of infection is increasing in Sweden.

Foto: Tt News Agency / Reuters

– We must change our behavior

Maria Rotzén Östlund, who is a functioning infection control doctor in the Stockholm region, is concerned about the development.

– We have had an increase of 80 percent for the week that has just ended, she says.

– The situation is serious. We must understand that we must change our behavior so that we do not get the same conditions in the hospitals as we had in March-April. The best we can do is keep a physical distance, says Östlund.

According to Östlund, health workers are still exhausted after the first wave of the pandemic.

– We do not want to end up where we were last spring, she says.

On Thursday, seven new corona deaths were reported in Sweden. The number of deaths is thus 5,934. More than 121,000 people have been confirmed infected with the virus in the country.

However, Anders Tegnell will not implement national measures at this time.

– We believe it is right to work in this way, ie to put extra pressure in the regions where the need is greatest. But we get to evaluate it afterwards, he says.

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