Coronavirus — Sweden Limits Gatherings to 8 People

  • "It’s going to get worse. Do your duty and take responsibility to stop the spread of infection."
  • Today, new restrictions have also been introduced for citizens in the two regions of Gävleborg and Västernorrland.
  • On 11 November, Sweden set a record with 5,764 new infections – in the spring the record was almost 1,700.

The Swedish government will ban gatherings of more than eight people in public areas, effective from November 24, initially for four weeks from the said date. The announcement was made today by the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, at a virtual press conference.

The Prime Minister also implored citizens to do their best, in as far as observing control measures is concerned, to halt the spread of the pandemic. Prime Minister Löfven reiterated Monday:

“It’s going to get worse. Do your duty and take responsibility to stop the spread of infection. I’ll say it again. It’s going to get worse. Do your duty and take responsibility to stop the spread of infection.”

The limit on public gatherings in Sweden will be cut from 50 people to eight.

Sweden’s limit on attendees at public events was reduced to 50 in March, and was raised to 300 in late October for certain types of seated events only. However, several regions chose to keep the lower limit of 50.

The Prime Minister explained that, at the moment, a lockdown is needed to flatten the curve of infection. He also warned the population not to take the pandemic lightly, as that might worsen the situation.

He also banned the citizens from going to gyms and libraries, as well as holding dinners at home.

“This is the new norm for the whole society, for all of Sweden. Don’t go to the gym. Don’t go to the library. Don’t have dinners. Don’t have parties. Cancel.”

The same warning was also raised by the nation’s Interior Minister, Mikael Damberg, who warned that many people behave as if the danger is over, which is very wrong.

Stricter Rules in 20 out of 21 Regions

Today, new restrictions have also been introduced for citizens in the two regions of Gävleborg and Västernorrland. As per the new regulations, citizens should, as far as possible, avoid contact with anyone other than those with whom they share a household.

In addition, they are encouraged to avoid indoor environments, such as shops, commercial areas, museums and libraries. All unnecessary travel across regions should also be avoided, as per the new restrictions.

There are now stricter restrictions in 20 out of 21 of Sweden’s regions. It is recommended to avoid public transport, physical contact with people outside your own household and to participate in meetings, concerts, and sporting events.

People stroll along the Drottninggatan shopping street in central Stockholm.

Big Increase in Infections

From mid-September, the number of patients infected per day increased from 106 to up to 4,510 on 12 November.

On 11 November, Sweden set a record with 5,764 new infections – in the spring the record was almost 1,700.

Although the number of infected is rising sharply, the country is still only number 17 on the list of European countries, where most infections are reported these days.

According to Johns Hopkins University, 264 out of every 100,000 Swedes are registered as infected every week. For Denmark, the number is 128 per 100,000, while the figure for Austria, which has a population roughly the size of Sweden, is 525 infected per 100,000 inhabitants.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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