Sweden to lift almost all COVID-19 restrictions from February 9th

A file photo of Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. (Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/AP)
  • The decision to discontinue the restrictions was motivated by high vaccination coverage and that knowledge about the omicron variant has improved, the government says.
  • Health minister Lena Hallengren says that to try to prevent a new jump in the number of cases, the return to workplaces and universities should happen in stages.
  • Limits on audience sizes will be removed, restaurants and cafes won’t need to follow distance rules or limit the size of groups, and specific rules for sports events and private parties in rented venues will be scrapped.

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Canada: Canada’s Northwest Territories reports 15th COVID-19 death as active cases decrease, CBC News

Finland: Finnish PM seeks to lift all Covid restrictions in February, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland widens alcohol bans in order to control spread of COVID-19, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Murmansk tightens COVID-19 restrictions while Norway eases them, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Amid record Covid-19 cases in both countries, Norway ends mandatory entry quarantine for travelers from Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedish government announces new restrictions following sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, Radio Sweden

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