Swedish coronavirus cases rise, new measures welcomed

Swedish coronavirus cases rise, new measures welcomed

Swedish coronavirus cases rise, new measures welcomed

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish COVID-19 cases continued to extend on Tuesday as many welcomed the hardest measures but imposed on Monday to curb the unfold of the illness that has claimed greater than 6,000 lives within the Nordic nation.

Sweden, whose soft-touch pandemic response has garnered world-wide consideration, registered 15,084 new coronavirus cases for the most recent four-day interval on Tuesday. It was a small lower in contrast with the 15,779 cases recorded the corresponding interval final week.

“We’re nonetheless in a really critical state of affairs,” Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell instructed a information convention.

Sweden additionally registered 61 deaths since Friday, taking the overall toll to six,225.

On Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven stated Swedes weren’t following coronavirus suggestions in addition to within the spring, and stated that every one public gatherings could be restricted to eight folks, down from a earlier higher restrict of 300.

The choice was welcomed on the streets of Stockholm.

“I believe that the stricter restrictions you impose and the extra bans you may have (the higher),” stated Stockholm resident Ann-Britt Nilsson. “And above all – and I’ve robust opinions about this – shut the eating places,” she stated.

However, eating places, colleges and companies are nonetheless open for probably the most half, as they’ve been all through the pandemic.

“We do not consider in a complete lockdown,” Lofven stated on Monday. “We consider that the measures we’ve got taken … are applicable.”

Sweden’s dying charge per capita is a number of occasions greater than that of its Nordic neighbours however decrease than some bigger European international locations equivalent to Spain.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor and Johan Ahlander; modifying by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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