Authorities in the Gaevleborg region, some 150 km north of Stockholm, tightened restrictions on Monday after four cases of infection with the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus were detected for the first time in Sweden.
Cases brawlsLibyan variant of the coronavirus – according to the health authorities of the Gaevleborg region – were confirmed over the weekend in people who have not recently traveled abroad. One of them was in Stockholm for some time. Earlier, numerous cases of the British variant of the coronavirus were detected in and around the city of Gaevle.
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“We are dealing with a large spread of the coronavirus, and its variants last week accounted for 42.8 percent of all confirmed cases,” Geavleborg region authorities said in a press release. Due to the risk of overloading the health service, the local authorities, in consultation with the Public Health Office, have introduced a recommendation to cover the mouth and nose in buildings and on public transport at all times, not only during peak hours. The inhabitants of the region were also recommended to limit social contacts. The new recommendations are expected to apply until March 10.
Coronavirus mutations are increasingly worrying
In the opinion of Prof. John Albert, variants of the coronavirus (British, South African and Brazilian) are more infectious and may cause existing measures to reduce the epidemic to no longer work.
“The vaccines currently in use are not effective enough for the South African and Brazilian variants. And this is the biggest threat,” said Albert on SVT. According to him, by autumn “there is no chance of developing vaccines more suited to the new variants”
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