The Swedish state epidemiologist points to one important reason.
In Norway, infection rates have skyrocketed in recent weeks. On Monday 13 December, very strict coronation measures were also introduced to overcome the infection rates and hospitalization rates. Health director Bjørn Guldvog then pointed to the new virus variant omikron as a «game changer». In Sweden, on the other hand, the spread of omicrons has been slower. According to the Swedish Public Health Agency, only 51 cases of omicron in Sweden have been confirmed to date Expressen.
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In Norway, statistics from FHI show that Norway has 1498 confirmed omicron cases at the time of writing, and now the Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell explains the enormous difference in the figures.
– The super-spreader event
Norway has received international attention recently, and that is due to the Christmas table at Louise Restaurant & Bar on Friday 26. November. 105 people were diagnosed with omicron infection in what has now become the world’s most talked about Christmas table.
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And he adds:
– We have not had a super-spreader event like the Christmas table in Oslo.
Tegnell also speaks about the explosive increase of omikron Denmark, and that Sweden avoids getting into the same situation in the coming weeks, because it will give the country a great advantage. The state epidemiologist believes that a slower spread in Sweden will give them opportunities to give the elderly and vulnerable the third dose of vaccine much faster, and that they may want to ride out the storm later.
On Thursday morning, the Swedish authorities also decided that there will be a requirement to show a corona certificate for entry into Sweden from the Nordic countries. This means that all Norwegians must have a valid corona certificate, if they are going on Christmas shopping in the next few days.
– Norwegians are welcome to Sweden, but must follow the same restrictions during Christmas that apply in Norway, says Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to Aftonbladet.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre recently tightened sharply: