The easing planned for April 11th in Sweden must not come about. The reason is the high number of new infections.
Based on the population, Sweden currently has about three times the number of new infections as Germany – planned corona easing should therefore be postponed in the Scandinavian country for the time being. The Swedish health authority Folkhälsomyndigheten has recommended that the government postpone the relaxation of certain restrictions on April 11th until May 3rd due to the infection situation. The authority announced on Tuesday. The government in Stockholm now has to decide. As a rule, however, it follows the authority’s expert advice.
Among other things, it is about raising the number of participants for meetings and events such as football games and concerts, which is currently eight. For the two large amusement parks in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Gröna Lund and Liseberg, it was also planned, like other parks, to be exempted from the eight-visitor rule. The corona infections spread in most regions of the country, which resulted in an increasing burden on the health system, the authority warned.
Restrictions also in Sweden
In the most recent comparative figures from the EU health authority ECDC, Sweden comes to a 14-day incidence value of 597 per 100,000 inhabitants for the two weeks from March 8 to 21. Germany was 195 during the period. The trend of new Swedish infections is increasing.
In the Corona crisis, Sweden had taken a special route with comparatively few and mild restrictions. However, that did not mean that the Swedes could live without restrictions. Since November, for example, only eight people have been allowed to gather, restaurants and pubs have to close at 8.30 p.m. The number of visitors to shops, gyms and other facilities has also been limited. In addition, there are urgent appeals to exercise common sense and to follow recommendations, for example on keeping your distance.
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(DPA / for)
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