(ANSA) – STOCKHOLM, 22 DEC – Sweden continues to pursue the same strategy against the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the recent introduction of more severe measures to contain the infections: Prime Minister Stefan Lofven reiterated this. “I can understand the urge to ask: has the strategy changed? No, essentially it’s exactly the same: make sure we keep the spread as low as possible,” Lofven told broadcaster SVT. “Obviously – he stressed – we need to be able to make changes, depending on the situation”.
Sweden has made headlines around the world for its decision to fight the spread of the virus with mostly non-coercive measures and by never imposing the lockdowns seen elsewhere in Europe. But in the face of a strong second wave and rapidly rising death tolls once again, the country imposed stricter measures during the fall, notably a ban on public gatherings of more than eight people and a call to limit social interactions to a small circle.
Yesterday, for the first time during the pandemic, it banned entry from Denmark to prevent the Danes from going to Sweden to shop. New measures were introduced last Friday, including a ban on the sale of alcohol after 20:00 and a recommendation to wear masks on public transport. (HANDLE).
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