Tegnell points to possible new corona wave in Sweden, warns of new measures

Anders TegnellPhoto: Claudio Bresciani / TT / NTB

The coronavirus infection rates in Sweden are increasing, and the country is on the brink of a third wave of the pandemic. State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell warns of new measures but says that a new wave can be avoided.

“Unfortunately, we see a clear rise again. It is not moving as fast as in other countries, but for a few weeks, there has unfortunately been a fairly clear rise,” Tegnell said.

He says it is not possible to say whether this is the beginning of a third wave.

“It is unfortunately impossible (to say so), you do not know if it’s a wave until you’re in it. If we are lucky, we can help each other, and if all the measures have an effect, then we can avoid it. 

“But it is clear that if we do not become better at following the measures, there is a very great danger that we are heading into a third wave,” the state epidemiologist noted.

He also says that it may be relevant to introduce more national measures if the spread of infection continues to increase.

New measures

“We have a package underway,” Tegnell said, adding that it will be presented on Wednesday.

He says that all three vaccines that are currently available in Sweden provide good protection against illness and death. 

They also work just as well against the British variant B117, which is growing rapidly in Sweden, he assures.

Tegnell believes B117 will be dominant in most countries in Europe within a few weeks or months.

So far, 642,099 cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in Sweden, and the pandemic has claimed 12,713 lives.

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