Sweden reports first case of infectious British Covid variant

Sweden reports first case of infectious British Covid variant
Sara Byfors from the Pubic Health Agency said that the person had isolated themselves since their arrival in Sweden. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
Sweden has detected its first case of the new more infectious variant of coronavirus recently identified in the UK, the country's Public Health Agency announced at a press conference on Saturday.
The person who tested positive had recently travelled to Sweden from the UK to Sörmland region, and had kept themselves isolated since their arrival, in accordance with Swedish guidelines, Signe Mäkitalo, the region's infectious diseases doctor, told the TT newswire. 
 
“This is a person who had travelled to Sweden to celebrate Christmas,” Mäkitalo said, adding that the risk of the person infecting others was extremely low. 
 
At a press conference held by the Public Health Agency, its division chief Sara Byfors reiterated that everyone who has recently travelled from the UK should get tested, even if they have no symptoms. 
 

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“We are collecting tests now from everyone who has travelled from Great Britain since October,” she said.
 
“On Monday, we issued a recommendation that everyone who had travelled from the UK should get tested so that we can carry out contact tracing to enable us to stop this variant of the virus from spreading in Sweden. Even those who have no symptoms should get tested.” 
 
The agency is calling for everyone who has been in the UK recently to isolate themselves in the same way as the person who tested positive in Sörmland. 

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