STOCKHOLM (dpa-AFX) – Sweden’s government wants to ban the sale of alcohol in restaurants after 10 p.m. due to the increased number of corona infections. Bars and pubs also have to close half an hour later. This was announced by Prime Minister Stefan Lfven on Wednesday. “All indicators are pointing in the wrong direction,” he said at a press conference. The ban is due to come into force on November 20th and last until the end of February. In Stockholm, the authorities banned visits to old people’s homes to curb transmission.
Sweden made international headlines with its special route in the Corona crisis. There are fewer restrictions there compared to other countries: citizens can continue to visit restaurants and pubs there, but with a maximum of eight people at the same table. In addition, in many regions of the country there are urgent recommendations to avoid contacts, local transport and events. Above all, the country relies on the common sense of each individual.
In the past few weeks, the number of new infections in Sweden had risen sharply. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the health authority has registered a total of 166,700 infections and 6,082 deaths related to the virus. Sweden has a good ten million inhabitants. For comparison: In Germany, which has more than eight times as many inhabitants, the Robert Koch Institute has counted 11,767 deaths in connection with the virus./sku/DP/he