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Sweden eases lockdown measures, but only for people who've had a Covid jab

Added 04-16-21 07:37:02am EST - “Sweden's Public Health Agency announced on Friday that the country will begin to ease lockdown measures for individuals who have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, granting freedom to mostly older individuals.” - Rt.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Sweden eases lockdown measures, but only for people who’ve had a Covid jab”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The relaxed restrictions will give people permission to meet others outside of their bubble, indoors and outdoors, as well as to recommence communal activities and reopen stores for people who have had a dose of a Covid vaccine more than three weeks ago.

Speaking to reporters, the head of the country's Public Health Agency praised the move by declaring that “Now it is okay for a vaccinated grandmother to hug her grandchildren,” even though the government accepts this is only a “small easing.”

While the country’s vaccination program has, so far, administered doses to about one fifth of residents, those inoculated are almost exclusively elderly or living in care homes, with the rollout only recently being expanded to all over-60s.

Despite the progress, the Public Health Agency boss was quick to clarify that the government will not be condoning the holding of large gatherings or ending the work-from-home guidance right now, as "not enough people have been vaccinated."

Sweden imposed Covid restrictions over concerns that soaring cases in the country were putting too much pressure on the health service and risking the safety of the nation, as the infection spread rapidly through citizens. 


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