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Sweden sets new daily record for COVID-19 cases

The number
of new cases in Sweden has surged since November and in December the government
tightened restrictions on public gatherings and urged all those who can, to
work from home in an effort to minimise the spread of the virus.

“During
the last few weeks we have seen a shift and now the omicron variant is
dominating in terms of new infections in Sweden,” Britta Bjorkholm at the
Public Health Agency told a news conference.

The surge in
infections is following the Agency’s worst-case scenario, published before
Christmas, and Bjorkholm said new cases were expected to peak sometime in
mid-January.

The daily
infection figures are typically revised somewhat as any delayed records are
added. The previous record was 11,507 cases, registered on Dec 30.

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