Selin ATAY-TDO- Sweden, which has taken lighter measures than the rest of Europe, seems to make changes in its strategy to stop the spread of Covid-19.
As Sweden battles the second wave of the virus, new infections and hospitalizations across the country have increased undeniably.
Swedish officials had hoped that the mild measures they took without declearing a national lockdown would mitigate the increase in the number of cases of the virus. However, Sweden has now reported 166,707 cases and 6,082 deaths since the pandemic began.
A total of 17 of Sweden's 21 regions are now subject to stricter measures issued by the Public Health Agency, after it released local coronavirus measures in four regions on Thursday. In addition, Sweden introduced new measures last Tuesday by limiting capacity in restaurants and cafes. However, Swedish government has so far prefered not to introduce national quarantine restrictions. The nationwide ban on alcohol after 10pm in restaurants, bars and nightclubs is cited as an example of new measures Sweden has introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement on the restrictions that new restrictions have been implemented to ease the burden on the country's health system and intensive care wards.
This week, a visit ban was reimposed on people visiting their loved ones in elderly care homes in Stockholm, the Swedish capital. But according to local news outlets, for now, authorities do not intend to recommend Swedes wear face masks.