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Recommendations for over-70s removed – "They have made great sacrifices"

The special recommendations that applied to the country's over-70s and people in other risk groups have been removed.
Lena Hallengren (S) has praised their efforts during the pandemic. "They have made great sacrifices to protect themselves and to reduce the spread of infection", she says.
The recommendations that apply to everyone remains, points out the Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren (S): Keep your distance, wash your hands, stay at home if you are ill and avoid travelling by train and bus.
The recommendations that apply to everyone remains, points out the Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren (S): Keep your distance, wash your hands, stay at home if you are ill and avoid travelling by train and bus.
Foto: Anders Wiklund/TT

– Today we know more about the consequences of long-term restrictions on people's lives, not least in terms of mental health after long periods of isolation, she says during Wednesday's press conference.

Today we know more about the coronavirus and in which situations the risk of infection is greatest, according to the Minister for Health and Social Affairs. Now everyone in Sweden has the same responsibility to protect themselves and others.

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We can see that it has reduced the burden on healthcare and intensive care, but it has also saved many lives

Hallengren emphasises the importance of continuing to follow the general guidelines and recommendations that exist.

– No matter where you live in the country: make sure you seek care if you need it, she says.

Johan Carlson, Head of the Public Health Agency of Sweden at Wednesday's press conference in Rosenbad, Stockholm.
Johan Carlson, Head of the Public Health Agency of Sweden at Wednesday's press conference in Rosenbad, Stockholm.
Foto: Anders Wiklund/TT

Have special restrictions for certain groups been worth it?

– We can see that it has reduced the burden on healthcare and intensive care, but it has also saved many lives, says Johan Carlson, Head of the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden introduced the general guidelines to reduce the spread of infection in Sweden on April 1st.

At that time, people aged 70 or over were advised to limit their physical contact with others and avoid being in places with many people.

A total of 5,929 people have died from Covid-19 in Sweden.