COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The Swedish prime minister had to isolate himself after a close relative of him came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, when Sweden experienced an infection coronavirus infection.
Stefan Lofven posted the news on Facebook on Thursday, when the Scandinavian country crossed the 6,000 coronavirus death threshold in general.
“Developments are going in the wrong direction quickly. More infected. More dead. This is a serious situation, ”he wrote.
Lofven wrote: “On the advice of the doctor, my wife and Ulla will live in isolation for this time. “We are fine and have no symptoms. As recommended by health officials, we will conduct a coronavirus test as soon as possible.
“This is the only responsible thing to do in this situation,” he added, adding that someone close to him had been in contact with another person who tested positive.
Earlier this year, when European countries shut down to fight the virus, Sweden attracted worldwide attention by opening schools, gyms and restaurants and not asking people to wear them. face mask. But now that new infections are on the rise again every day, the Swedes may not have practiced much sacrificing for the good of the country.
In recent weeks, the government has ruled that up to eight people can sit in a restaurant together. It has also introduced local restrictions ̵1; encouraging people to avoid crowded places, avoid public transport and work from home if possible – that now affect 7 out of 10 Swedes.
“Swedish people have to understand that what happens in Europe, of course, can happen here too. We see an increase (in new cases) that we have to deal with, ”said Health Minister Lena Hallgren. “Now it is important to understand what the purpose is … is to prevent a pandemic.”
At first, the Nordic country with 10 million people had the lowest number of new coronavirus infections. However, the latest figures tell a different story.
For the week starting October 19, Sweden reported 9,165 new infections, an increase of 63% from the previous week and the highest ever reported number in a week, according to the Public Health Authority. Swedish plus.
Overall, Sweden reported another 4,034 cases on Thursday, a total of 141,764 cases, and five more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 6,002.
Meanwhile, neighboring Denmark had 50,530 cases and 729 deaths and Norway, which has a border longer than 1,600 km with Sweden, has recorded 21,954 cases and only 282 cases. dead.
In terms of cumulative two-week COVID-19 cases per 100,000, Sweden has 293, Denmark 233 and Norway 97.3. The deaths were 0.7 in Sweden and Denmark, and 0.1 in Norway, respectively.
All reported numbers are lower than the actual pandemic numbers, experts say, due to omission cases, limited testing and other factors.
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