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Swedish PM Andersson tests positive for Covid-19

| Updated: January 15, 2022 09:48:53


Swedish Social Democratic Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. File photo Swedish Social Democratic Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. File photo

Swedish Social Democratic Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tested positive for Covid-19, her spokesperson said on Friday, as a growing wave of infections swept the country driven by the more contagious omicron variant.

Andersson, 54, is one of several party leaders to have tested positive for the virus in the wake of a debate in parliament earlier this week while Sweden's king, queen and crown princess have all been hit with infections this month, reports Reuters.

The Nordic country has repeatedly set new daily records for coronavirus cases this month amid a mounting fourth wave of the virus, raising pressure on the healthcare system and triggering the reimposition of many restrictions.

"She (Andersson) is following the current recommendations and will perform her duties from home. The PM is feeling well, given the situation," the spokesperson said.

The health agency expects cases, currently hitting highs of around 25,000 per day, to peak later this month when Sweden could reach almost 70,000 daily cases, according to its modeling.

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