Sweden’s Prime Minister Andersson Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
January 15, 2022Europe
Sweden’s Prime Minister Andersson Tests Positive for COVID-19
Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson presents COVID-19 restrictions during a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on Jan. 10, 2022. (TT News Agency/Marko Saavala via Reuters)

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tested positive for COVID-19, her office confirmed on Friday.

The Swedish leader had taken part in a debate in Parliament with other party leaders earlier this week and at least two other top politicians have also tested positive since.

According to her office speaking to Swedish media Andersson is currently “fine” while follows governmental recommendations and continues her work from home.

Following Wednesday’s debate in the 349-seat Riksdagen, Center Party leader Annie Loof and Per Bolund, head of the small Green Party, also tested positive.

Other party leaders who took part in the debate, have all tested negative, Swedish broadcaster SVT said.

For most of the pandemic, Sweden stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response.

The Scandinavian country never went into a lockdown or closed businesses. Authorities have emphasized individual responsibility instead of governmental health measures.

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