Swedish health authorities today reported 3.254 new cases of covid-19 in the past 24 hours, setting the official record of daily contagions for the second consecutive day, bringing the cumulative total to 121.167 infections.
The same authorities, who said that the cumulative total of deaths is 5.934, recommended to the inhabitants of Stockholm, as well as those of two more regions in the south of the country, to limit contacts and avoid closed places.
Swedish epidemiologist Anders Tegnell explained to the news agency France-Press (AFP) that in the spring, the spread was "probably 10 to 15 times greater" than it currently is, noting, however, that diagnostic tests were much less widespread.
"But in the past two or three weeks, the spread has skyrocketed after a summer lull," he added.
At a time when much of Europe is tightening up measures to contain the new coronavirus pandemic in the face of the significant increase in cases, Sweden is trying to “adjust” them to reality, while maintaining its strategy of avoiding any confinement or measures coercive.
The inhabitants of Stockholm, as well as those of Vastra Gotaland County (southwest) and the province of Ostergotland (southeast), were advised today to avoid closed environments such as libraries, shops and other shopping centers and to limit social interactions and public events.
The recommendations made to the population of the three regions follow those already made in Skane, the southernmost region of Sweden, and that of Uppsala, 70 kilometers from Stockholm, where it has been advised for several days to avoid public transport and social interactions.
For Anders Tegnell, if the Nordic countries have had “slightly better” results than in other regions of Europe, the progression in Sweden is proving to be “fast”, beginning to approach the limit of the capacity of the local health system and even what people can take.
Last week, the number of new cases increased by 70% compared to the previous week, "one of the strongest highs" recorded in Sweden ", he stressed.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1,1 million deaths and more than 44,5 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.