Swedish Prime Minister to address the nation on coronavirus crisis

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will give a televised speech on Sunday night, according to SVT.

Swedish Prime Minister to address the nation on coronavirus crisis
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven: AFP

A special programme of “Tal till nationen” will be broadcast with the Prime Minister surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister will give a five-minute speech on SVT2 and SVT Play at 9.15pm before the programme Agenda is broadcast at 9.20pm. The speech will then be analysed in Agenda, which begins five minutes later than normal.

“We have an extraordinary situation in Sweden and large parts of the world are paralysed. There is of course value in hearing the Prime Minister speak directly to the public in such a situation,” said SVT programme commissioner Helena Olsson.

The last time the Prime Minister addressed the nation was before the 2018 election campaign, when all party leaders were included.

21 people in Sweden have now died after being infected with the coronavirus.

1,906 have tested positive, although only severe cases are now being tested.

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New Covid-19 wave in Sweden ‘to peak at end of September’

Sweden's Public Health Agency has warned of a new autumn wave of Covid-19 which it expects to peak at the end of September.

New Covid-19 wave in Sweden 'to peak at end of September'

According to both of the two new scenarios published by the agency on Monday, infection rates are set to rise steadily over the next month, something the agency said was due to a falling immunity in the population and greater contact between people as they return to schools and workplaces after the summer. 

“It is difficult to say how high the peak will be, but it is unlikely that it will reach the same levels as in January and February,” the agency’s unit chief Sara Byfors said in a press release. “The most important thing is that people in risk groups and those who are 65 years old and above get vaccinated with a booster dose in the autumn to reduce the risk of serious illness and death.” 

Under Scenario 0, the amount of contact between people stays at current levels, leading to a peak in reported Covid-19 cases at around 5,000 a day. In Scenario 1, contact between people increases by about 10 percent from the middle of August, leading to a higher peak of about 7,000 reported cases a day. 

The agency said that employers should be prepared for many staff to be off sick simultaneously at points over the next month, but said in its release that it did not judge the situation to be sufficiently serious to require either it or the government to impose additional infection control measures. 

It was important, however, it said, that those managing health and elderly care continued to test those with symptoms and to track the chain of infections, that people go and get the booster doses when they are supposed to have under the vaccination programme, and that those who have symptoms of Covid-19 stay home.