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Sweden Lifting National COVID Restrictions

Sweden joins neighboring nations of Norway, Denmark and Finland as the European nations choose to "take back our everyday life"

According to local media, Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson will announce on Thursday that all restrictions pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic will be removed.

The move mirrors the example of multiple neighboring countries.

The Expressen newspaper reported that the government would announce that all mandatory restrictions will expire on February 9. 

Some general guidance will be retained, such as staying home when you have a positive test or ongoing viral symptoms.

While Sweden is still seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations remain stable. The Omicron variant is considered to be considerably more mild than previous variants, with a lower risk of severe illness.

Sweden’s neighboring countries, such as Denmark and Norway, have already dropped most of their COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s time to take back our everyday life,” Norway’s health minister said on Tuesday.

Also, on Wednesday, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin stated that the nation’s government plans to gradually end coronavirus restrictions this month, intending to remove all regulations in early March.

This week, Sweden, NorwayDenmark, Finland, and South Africa made similar announcements and changes regarding COVID-19 and the apparent shift to an endemic stage of the worldwide virus outbreak. 

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