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Sweden’s prime minister tested positive for coronavirus.


Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, days after her government introduced new restrictions to curb a fourth wave of cases brought on by the Omicron variant.

A government press secretary, Darina Agha, said the prime minister “felt well given the circumstances” and would continue with her work while isolating at home.

Several other Swedish officials have also tested positive for Covid since taking part in a parliamentary debate on Wednesday. Members of the country’s royal family, including the king, queen and crown princess, also contracted the virus this month.

The country introduced new rules this week to curb a rise in cases.

From Wednesday, restaurants and bars must close at 11 p.m. and limit the size of parties to eight people. Restrictions have also been imposed on public gatherings and events, including a vaccination certificate requirement for those attending events with more than 50 people.

Sweden, which stood out in Europe for its decision not to introduce lockdowns at the start of the pandemic, now has an average of 22,790 new cases of the virus per day, according to Our World in Data. Last week, the Swedish Health Agency reported 124,211 cases, more than double the figure from the previous week.

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