The Swedish prime minister has introduced a raft of harsh new Covid restrictions, together with limiting Christmas gatherings to 4 folks and ordering non-essential staff to work at home till January 24, as infections mount.
Talking on Friday, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven mentioned that “this yr, Christmas shall be completely different,” as he introduced the brand new measures to deal with Covid-19, a few of that are to kick in on Christmas Eve.
“The state of affairs remains to be critical, and the state of affairs within the healthcare system could be very strained,” Löfven asserted.
The PM spoke of his concern that the Christmas interval may see Covid infections spike within the new yr, and would trigger the healthcare system to be overwhelmed:
The utmost variety of folks in gatherings shall be diminished to 4 folks, beginning on 24 December. Simply have a good time Christmas with these closest to you.
Lofven, who has come below fireplace in latest days following an official report that blamed his authorities for extra care dwelling deaths throughout the pandemic, additionally introduced that each one non-essential staff can be made to work at home till January 24.
As well as, the PM mentioned the serving of alcohol can be prohibited past 8pm all through the nation.
Earlier within the yr, Sweden took a special method to most nations in tackling Covid, aiming to attain herd immunity by permitting the virus to unfold however defending the susceptible, and with out the economy-shaking transfer of full nationwide lockdowns.
Nonetheless, Sweden has suffered a disproportionately massive variety of Covid deaths in comparison with neighboring nations.
On Friday, Swedish well being officers registered a brand new nation excessive of 9,654 Covid circumstances and 100 deaths. There have been 77.51 deaths per 100,000 folks because of the virus in Sweden, nearly 10 occasions the determine in every of neighboring nations Norway and Finland, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College information.
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