Sweden to reintroduce many COVID-19 measures as cases rise

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Sweden will reintroduce a raft of measures to curb rising COVID-19 infections, urging renewed social distancing and the use of masks in public transportation, the government said.

“We see an increased spread of infection, but still from low levels,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told a news conference. “We need to work together to that the situation doesn’t get worse, so today we are presenting further precautionary measures.”

Cases in Sweden have started to rise in recent weeks after a relatively calm autumn. Hospitalizations and the number of patients requiring intensive care are still among the lowest per capita in Europe but have also started to creep up.

Photo – A woman passes a trash can with a sign reading ‘The danger is not over – Keep your distance’ in a pedestrian street in central Uppsala, Sweden. EPA-EFE/Claudio Bresciani

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