Sweden’s prime minister tested positive for coronavirus

The Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to her spokeswoman, who has stated that she is “fine” without giving any details about her condition.

“The Prime Minister has tested positive for COVID-19 in a rapid test. She is following the recommendations and will work from home,” said her spokeswoman for the Swedish news agency TT.

Andersson, 54, is joining several senior officials from his party The Greens, who tested positive after taking part in a debate in parliament earlier this week.

Sweden’s prime minister tested positive for coronavirus
Sweden’s prime minister tested positive for coronavirus

Authorities on Wednesday imposed new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country, which means bars and restaurants must move forward to close. Teleworking is also encouraged and there is a limit of 50 people for public events, unless the organizers require a vaccination card and with a maximum of 500 participants.

The main goal of the health authorities is to relieve the Swedish health system as the number of cases is increasing due to the Omicron variant. The government’s response to the pandemic included few restrictions compared to other countries.

The Swedish government this Friday confirmed 25,567 cases and 20 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,534,797 and 15,482 respectively. Likewise, 94 patients are currently being admitted to intensive care units, as reported by the TV broadcaster SVT.

On the flip side, the health department has stated that 7,885,590 people have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine (about 86.2 percent of those over the age of 12), of which 7,455,886 have already received the full regimen and 2,861,926 have received a third booster dose.

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