Sweden will impose, from 1 November, new restrictions on the operation of restaurants and nightlife spaces due to the increase of new infections by the new coronavirus in that country, it was released this Thursday.
In commenting on the new measures, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that “the party is over”, at a time when the country totals 109,000 cases of infection and 5,929 deaths since the onset of the health crisis caused by the covid-19 disease.
With an incidence of 101.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden counted, on Wednesday, 1,206 new infections.
According to the head of the Swedish Public Health Agency, Johan Carlson, the new restrictions for the catering sector impose a maximum limit of eight people per table.
The Swedish Prime Minister stressed that the new restrictions also apply to nightlife venues (bars, clubs), stressing that these establishments have not followed the recommended standards for dealing with the pandemic.
Swedish Interior Minister Mikael Damberg clarified that night clubs can only accommodate a maximum of 50 people simultaneously, warning that fines will be imposed on establishments that do not respect the rules.
Public events can reach a capacity of up to 300 people, but only involve seated audiences and if the rule of one meter of physical distance is guaranteed.
At the moment, the capacity for public events is 50 people.
Considered by some to be controversial, Sweden adopted a strategy against the new coronavirus classified as mild when compared to other Nordic and European countries (it kept, for example, schools, gardens, restaurants, bars and other services), registering a mortality rate much higher than its neighboring countries.
So far, the Swedish authorities have favored calls for individual responsibility rather than imposing restrictions and have limited themselves to “recommending” certain precautions.
The covid-19 disease pandemic has already claimed more than 1.1 million deaths and more than 41.3 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
Europe is the third region in the world most affected by the pandemic, accounting for a total of 8.3 million infected people. In terms of deaths, it is the second region with the most victims, having already crossed the 260 thousand dead barrier.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.