- Sweden – the European country denying an initial COVID-19 lockdown in March – unveiled the tough coronavirus virus on Monday.
- Prime Minister Stephen Lofven reported in a press conference that the country would limit public celebrations to eight people. Earlier this limit was 50.
- “Don’t go to the gym, don’t go to the library, don’t go out to dinner, don’t go to parties – cancel!” Lofven said. He said, “It’s going to get worse.”
- Sweden’s stringent restrictions come in the form of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country. On Friday, the country recorded its highest increase in cases during the epidemic.
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Sweden’s Prime Minister announced stringent coronovirus measures Monday to increase COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country.
Stephen Lofven told a news conference that the limit for public ceremonies would be reduced from 50 people to eight. The ban applies to public events such as concerts, performances and sports matches.
Restaurants will be open, but may allow a maximum of eight meals per table.
Schools, workplaces and private gatherings are not subject to restrictions. Lofven said “we cannot regulate every social gathering” but urged Swords to stick to the new frontier.
“This is a clear and sharp indication for everyone in our country what applies in the future. Don’t go to the gym, don’t go to the library, don’t go out to dinner, don’t go to parties. – Cancel!” Lofven said, as he warned: “It’s going to get worse.”
The change will come into effect on November 24 and will be in force for four weeks, Löfven said.
He said that strict restrictions were “the new norm for the whole society”.
On Friday, Sweden reported 5,990 cases of COVID-19 – the highest number of new cases, according to the Guardian. According to the World Health Organization, the total number of deaths is 177,355, while the number of deaths is 6,164.
“Do your duty and take responsibility to stop the spread of the virus,” Lofven said. “In the spring we saw large compliance. It was enough to make recommendations for most people to keep their distance and cancel their plans. There is no less compliance now.”
“Now more restrictions are needed to reduce the number of infected,” he said.
The Scandinavian nation has attempted to calm the epidemic further by refusing to implement a national lockdown and instead adopting voluntary measures.
Once again, the Prime Minister said at the press conference that the Swedish government “does not believe in total lockdown.”
Löfven told the conference: “It’s time for a test. It’s about you and my choice every day, every hour, every moment that will determine how we manage it. So for ourselves, for society and Sweden Make the right choice for. “
The latest increase in infection – a second wave – has prompted Sweden to impose strict sanctions after months of no lockdown.
On 2 November, the country placed five of its 21 territories under harsh restrictions, including its capital Stockholm.
The Swedish government also said that on November 11, it planned to ban the sale of liquor in bars, restaurants and night clubs after 10 pm.
Sweden’s chief epidemiologist admitted on 12 November that the country was facing a second upsurge in cases of coronovirus, despite already predicting the number of infections in autumn to fall in the country’s no-lockdown policy Will be “substantially less”.
The latest figures show that Sweden faces higher levels of infections, hospitals and deaths than its neighbors relative to its population size.