Residents of southern Sweden are now invited to limit contact and avoid public transport and closed places, health authorities announced Tuesday, October 27, while the Scandinavian kingdom is in the throes of a rebound in cases of the new coronavirus.
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Skåne, the southernmost region of Sweden, follows in the footsteps of the city of Uppsala, 70 km from Stockholm, where residents have been advised since last week to avoid public transport and physical contact with outsiders at the foyer until November 3.
The recommendations announced for Skåne will remain in effect for at least three weeks.
At a time when a large part of Europe is toughening its measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Sweden is trying to adjust its own but generally remains on course with its strategy without containment or coercive measures.
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However, the number of new daily cases has increased steadily since mid-September.
Last week, the number of new cases increased by 70% compared to the previous week, one of the largest increases we have seen,
" said chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell on Tuesday.
The latter also said Tuesday that discussions were underway with other local authorities to possibly formulate new recommendations in other regions of the country.
Despite an increase in new daily cases, the number of recorded deaths has remained stable in recent weeks.
In total, Sweden, with a population of 10.3 million, recorded 115,785 contaminations and 5,918 deaths.