Sweden’s corona death toll surpasses 10,000 deaths

NursePhoto: Bjorn-Larsson-Rosvall / TT-NTB-1

A total of 351 new corona-related deaths have been registered in Sweden in the last 24 hours.

 According to the latest data, more than 10,000 people have lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Well over half a million people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in Sweden since the outbreak started, figures from the Public Health Authority show.

A total of 6,580 new infection cases have been registered in the last 24 hours. 

With that, the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic now amounts to 518,783.

Extension of alcohol serving ban

Earlier on Thursday, Swedish authorities announced that the ban on serving alcohol after 8:00 PM was going to be extended by just over a week to Sunday, January 24. 

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Various measures are needed to reduce the spread of infection and reduce congestion and social contacts,” Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren said, adding that the pressure on the health service is considerable.

Since the first alcohol-serving ban was introduced in November, turnover at Sweden’s restaurants and bars has fallen by 73% compared with the previous year.

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