The authorities about the new coronavirus variant Omicron

The Swedish Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) updates the recommendations on entry from a number of countries in southern Africa. This is due to a new variant of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization WHO has named the new variant Omicron and classified it as a variant of concern.

Anyone who has been to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia or Eswatini (Swaziland) sometime during the last seven days before arriving in Sweden is encouraged to test for Covid-19 as soon as possible after entry, preferably the same day, and to take a new test after five days.

This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated as well as if you have had Covid-19 in the last six months. Children under preschool age do not need to get tested. Everyone is encouraged to stay at home for seven days after arrival in Sweden, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. That also applies to children regardless of age.

At this point, no cases of the new variant have been found in Sweden. All positive samples from individuals diagnosed with Covid-19 after a trip abroad are analyzed to enable the discovery of the introduction of new virus variants in Sweden.


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