Sweden has long refused to block and use the mask order as a tool to fight the coronavirus pandemic, and it has given its government greater powers to take action to stop the spread of the disease.
Congress passed an emergency law last Friday that would allow the government to limit the number of people in public places such as shops, businesses and theaters, public swimming pools, and even order the closure of illegal activities. The government will also be able to impose fines on people who violate coronavirus rules.
The new power came into effect on Sunday, giving the government the ability to make recommendations that have not been made so far. However, as the country struggles with the second wave of coronavirus and emergency wards have reached critical capacity, the government has indicated that more tools are needed.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (Stefan Lofven) told the SVT network: “We are at great risk and may get into trouble for a while.” “Of course, this means that pandemic laws will be used. We will Use it in the near future.”
In another decision implemented on Thursday, masks, which have long been considered ineffective by Swedish health officials, are now recommended to be used during peak hours of public transportation. They are not mandatory.
In April, when most of the rest of the world was under lockdown, the Swedes were able to continue to bars and restaurants. Government and health officials said they did not believe in the lockdown policy. The country’s public health agency has issued some recommendations for the prevention of the coronavirus, but the government cannot legally order a package of home measures used by other European countries.
Swedish parliamentarians support this position, saying that they will never force people to follow the recommendations. However, since the pandemic showed no signs of abating, many people changed their positions and supported the government’s measures.
Some experts called for stricter measures.
Dr. Fredrik Elgh, professor of clinical virology at Umea University, said: “This law is good, but it is not enough. “We desperately need a four-week lockdown to stop this. Kind of growth. If we do this now in two weeks, we will see a decrease. He added: “I don’t understand why my country is one of the few countries that cannot do this seriously. “
Christina Anderson is from Stockholm, Sweden.