Sweden introduces home office and a number of other infection measures

Magdalena AnderssonPhoto: Marko Säävälä / TT / NTB

Everyone who can work from home in Sweden must do so, Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced on Monday. A number of other infection control measures are also being introduced.

The country is now experiencing a record spread of infection, Andersson said during the government’s press conference on Monday. 

At the same time, there are high levels of other respiratory diseases, such as influenza and the RS virus, which puts the Swedish health service under pressure.

Therefore, the Swedish government is introducing and strengthening a number of infection control measures. One of the most important measures is mandatory home office for people who are able to work from home.

“It is about showing respect to everyone who can not do it, everyone who has to take public transport,” Andersson said.

Alcohol serving to stop at 11 PM

All alcohol serving will stop at 11 PM, and the rule that there can be a maximum of eight people in a single company in restaurants will stay in force. People have to continue eating at tables and respecting the requirement of one meter of distance between companies.

Among other things, the government is also asking adults to limit close contacts indoors. Restrictions are also set on how many people can be present at public events.

Four weeks

“We know very well that these are intrusive measures. Therefore, we emphasize that these measures will be assessed on an ongoing basis,” Andersson said.

Initially, the measures will apply for four weeks.

The infection has increased sharply in Sweden recently. Last week, the country reached a new record with almost 24,000 confirmed corona cases in one day.

“There is no doubt that the situation has worsened. The spread of infection in Sweden is now at a historically high level,” Andersson noted.

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