The Swedish government classifies the coronavirus as an illness that is dangerous to society

On 1 February, the Swedish government classified the new coronavirus as an illness that is dangerous to society. This was done as a contingency measure in order for the agencies to be able to make quick decisions about quarantine if necessary.

According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden ("Folkhälsomyndigheten"), classifying the new coronavirus as being dangerous to the public and society reinforces contingency measures. Legislation needs to be in place if Sweden were to see the new virus spreading in society. The risk of spreading is currently considered to be very low. This ordinance means that there are now possibilities to take measures such as quarantining and isolating contagious or ill people who are at risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Source: Regeringen

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