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Sweden Lifts COVID-19 Measures, Stops Classifying Virus as “Generally & Socially Dangerous”

Travelers from other countries will be subject to more moderate entry rules when planning to arrive in Sweden after the latter’s government no longer classifies the coronavirus as a “generally and socially serious” disease, thus removing measures imposed to stop the virus.

In this regard, Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren has stressed that the government will repeal the Pandemic Act, and is submitting a proposal in order to put an end to such measures to the country’s parliament, TheSchengen.com reports.

Our assessment is that it is possible to repeal the law. If we saw that it was not, we would have had a new discussion with the Riksdag,” Minister Hallingren indicated in this regard.

In addition, the Swedish government is skeptical that it will need such laws even in the event of a new wave of coronavirus infections in the fall, according to SVT.

“We do not currently envision re-imposing restrictions in the way we have seen every now and then for two years. But if we find ourselves in such a situation, we will have to pass a new law,” Hallingren emphasized.

Based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Sweden has recorded more than 2,455,966 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, while 17,512 people have died during the same period.

In addition, figures provided by the World Health Organization show that a total of 10,095 cases of coronavirus were recorded in the past seven days by the authorities in Sweden, while 54 people died during the same period.

But despite these figures, the authorities in Sweden, following the example of other European countries, decided to gradually cancel all restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the Corona virus.

Last month, the Swedish government decided to raise entry requirements for those coming from member states of the European Union and the Schengen area, which were imposed due to the coronavirus.

The decision was announced through a statement published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Ministry of Justice, emphasizing that travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, will be eligible to enter Sweden without having to submit a pre-departure or post-arrival COVID-19 test.

However, at the time, authorities in Sweden stressed that travelers from third countries would not be affected by such a decision, meaning they would have to present a refund certificate or a negative test result taken 72 hours after departure.

In addition, authorities in Sweden have stressed that the requirement to present a valid EU digital COVID certificate will apply to all people over the age of 18.

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