Covid Surge in Sweden : Reversing the ‘No Mask’ Rhetoric

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A Covid surge in Sweden has led the country to reverse its ‘no mask necessary’ rhetoric. The move was praised by doctors and scientists alike, considering the worsening of the situation in the country.

No Masks?

Sweden had previously held a very light approach to phenomenon of the virus spreading through public place interactions. The Scandinavian country is among the very few that had not imposed strict measures in order to control the spread of the virus. No lockdowns were imposed and wearing the face mask was considered necessary only for those serving the health care department.

The World Health Organization had repeatedly advised Sweden and other countries to ensure the public wore face masks.

Covid Surge in Sweden

Since January 2020, the country has seen 348,585 confirmed cases of the virus, resulting in 7802 deaths.

Given the some what light approach the state adopted to tackle the situation, the second wave of Covid surge did not come as a surprise. Earlier this week, officials stated that the number of people hospitalized due to the virus had peaked , crossing 25,000.

More than 2000 people have lost their lives to the virus in the last two months.

New Decisions

Keeping in view the current situation, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has announced new measures to curb the virus.

The government is now urging people to wear masks while using public transport, specifically during rush hours. The number of people allowed to share a table has been reduced to 4. Alcohol will not be available in bars and restaurants after 8 pm.

The Swedish population was advised to continue practicing social distancing to help the country fight off the pandemic.

 

Source BBC

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