The Swedish government announced on Monday tightening of restrictions amid the growing number of coronavirus infections caused by the omicron variant and the burden on health care. Alcohol venues will be closed earlier from Wednesday.
“The spread of Covid-19 infection is at a record level. The situation requires measures to reduce the burden on the health care system” – stressed Magdalena Andersson, Prime Minister of Sweden.
From Wednesday, the restaurants will be able to seat up to eight people at the tables, and the venues selling alcohol will be closed at 23.
The limit of public gatherings will be limited to 50 people. More people are required to show certificates of vaccination for Covid-19. Mass cultural and sports events for over 500 participants will be forbidden.
For private meetings in rented premises, the guest limit will be reduced from 50 to 20.
The government recommended, inter alia, remote work and wearing masks in public transport. Higher education institutions have been obliged to introduce part of online learning.
According to the Public Health Authority in Sweden, the more contagious variant of the coronavirus Omikron has already dominated since the beginning of January. Wednesday saw the highest number of Covid-19 cases in 24 hours since the start of the pandemic, 23,887.
Statistics from the National Council of Health and Welfare show that the number of Cocid-19 patients in hospitals increased sharply in the first week of January, from 255 to 940. “The situation is very tense as we are also treating flu and RS virus patients. is also dealing with the lack of staff, which is on leave “- indicated the head of this institution, Oliwia Wigzell.
Daniel Zyśk from Stockholm