Sweden’s second COVID wave could peak in mid-December, Health Agency says

The agency said the current rate of new infections was lower than that predicted by its model, but that it might be so due to inability of testing in some regions. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Sweden’s second COVID wave could peak in mid-December, Health Agency says

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08392310 General view of a billboard informing about the importance to keep social distance during the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on a facade in Stockholm, Sweden, 29 April 2020. EPA-EFE/FREDRIK SANDBERG

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The second wave of COVID-19 infections that has hit Sweden could peak in mid-December, its Public Health Agency said on Thursday. On Thursday, the country registered 5,841 new cases and 67 deaths. The government has given the body the task of modelling how the pandemic will develop. Countries worldwide increased their measures to prevent the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease. EPA-EFE/FREDRIK SANDBERG SWEDEN OUT

General view of a billboard informing about the importance to keep social distance during the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on a facade in Stockholm, Sweden, 29 April 2020. New cases have hit record levels in recent weeks, and the agency said infections could peak in the coming weeks. “If we don’t get that as we expect, we won’t have this development, we will have a worse development”, he said. A total of 6,622 people with COVID-19 have died in Sweden. Health Agency head Johan Carlson said that tougher restrictions in place since mid-October may have helped slow the spread of the disease, but relied on the public following recommendations. Countries worldwide increased their measures to prevent the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease.