Sweden does not lift anti-Covid measures: Infected young people are being hospitalized
Relief of anti-Covid restrictions has been postponed in Sweden due to the high prevalence of the infection. The news was announced by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven at a press conference today, where he said that the measures will be in force until May 3. This means that gatherings at events and public gatherings will not be allowed until this date.
The reason is the significant spread of infection and the filling of hospitals with patients affected by Covid in intensive care.
Although fewer people are dying thanks to vaccinations, the high prevalence is leading to more people seeking hospital treatment for serious illnesses.
"When the pressure on healthcare diminishes and the spread of infection falls, only then will the government be prepared to take the first step in lifting the restrictions. "But we are not at this stage yet, " Lofven said.
The conference was held a few days after the Public Health Agency advised the government to keep the current restrictions in place, suggesting they may be able to begin removing them in mid-May if the number of new infections decreases as the more people are vaccinated.
On May 3, it is also expected that the measure of closing the premises at 20:30 will be lifted. Essential stores will also be allowed to stay open with limited customers.
Some Swedish regions have reached their maximum capacity for intensive patient care and have been forced to seek help from other regions as the persistent high prevalence is leading to more particularly young people seeking hospital treatment.
More than 13,800 people have died in Sweden. More than 932,000 cases have been confirmed to date, and more than 6,600 Covid-19 patients have received intensive care treatment since the onset of the pandemic.
More than two million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, almost 25 percent of Sweden's adult population.