The second wave of the corona pandemic has arrived in Sweden. On Wednesday, 975 new coronavirus infections and seven deaths following COVID-19 were diagnosed in the country.
The disease severely disciplines a few parts of Sweden in particular. Skåne, for example, is at the top in terms of infections.
– Last week we reached a peak, and the trend has continued this week. Now we have the most confirmed cases ever, the infectious disease doctor in the Skåne area Eva Melander said at a news conference on Wednesday.
Infections have also risen sharply, for example in the municipality of Uppsala, where stricter corona guidelines have been issued. State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell announced the tightening at a press conference on Tuesday.
Two popular bars are scheduled to close within two weeks. He tells about it Expressen. In addition, people have been instructed not to interact with people other than those in their own finances. The use of public transport should be avoided.
With regard to regional recommendations, Sweden is now acting in the same way as, for example, Finland, which has moved to regional restrictions after the national interest rate restrictions in the spring. The model of regional restrictions is also used in Norway, for example.
According to Tegnell, other measures can also be taken if the rise in infections does not stop.
Tougher restrictions can also be introduced elsewhere in Sweden. Tegnell has said he will discuss the situation with regional leaders this week.
According to Melander, healthcare in Uppsala is starting to get in trouble, but in Skåne the situation is not as bad yet.
– We will not hesitate with decisions, if necessary. We need to be able to take care of the seriously ill, says Skåne, regional director Alf Jönsson.
A new pandemic law is being prepared
On Monday SVT said the Swedish government wants to pass an interim pandemic law.
Among other things, the government wants the legislation to make it possible to limit the number of people in public transport, the number of customers admitted to stores and the opening hours of stores.
Currently, the Communicable Diseases Act and the Public Order Act allow for restrictions on general events such as demonstrations, concerts, and sporting events.
– We need more targeted tools to limit activities that may play a role in the spread of infections, Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallgren sanoi SVT: Aktuellt-ohjelmassa.
The new legislation would affect constitutional rights, so it will take time to bring it into force.
– We hope to have it in place by the summer, Hallgren said.