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Sweden Extends Covid Curbs to February to Tackle Rampant Spread

Passengers ride in a metro train in Stockholm, on Dec. 28, 2021.

Passengers ride in a metro train in Stockholm, on Dec. 28, 2021.

Photographer: Loulou D'Aki/Bloomberg

Sweden will extend its current rules to curb Covid-19 transmission, as health authorities expect that as much as 10% of the population could be infected by the virus in the next two weeks.

The government expects to be able to remove most restrictions from Feb. 9, Social Minister Lena Hallengren said at a press conference on Tuesday. Transmission is rampant in the country of 10.4 million people and vaccinations are proceeding at a fast pace, leading health authorities to estimate cases will begin to decline next month.