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The Swedish government is considering implementing more restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak, potentially marking a tactical shift in the hands-off approach that had set it apart from much of Europe.
As of Sunday, 6,830 people in Sweden have been confirmed to be infected with the virus, while at least 401 people have died. News agency TT reported this weekend that a backlog in deaths announced by Sweden’s Public Health Agency may mean the real death toll is higher.
Unlike many of its European neighbors, Sweden has avoided broad shutdowns in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but the government is now seeking emergency powers that would allow it far more leeway in making decisions.
Radio Sweden reports that the new measures “will cover a three-month period, would grant the government the power to limit gatherings, close supermarkets, nightclubs, gyms, cafes and sporting arenas. It would also make possible the limiting of access to buses, trains, flights and harbors.”
Sweden’s government had initially drawn up legislation …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]