Sweden’s government presents a temporary pandemic law to curb spread of COVID-19

In a move to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection, Sweden’s government on December 28, proposed a temporary pandemic law giving it new powers, which it said it hoped to come into force by January.

Having controversially relied on the mostly non-coercive measures during the pandemic, the government said the new law would enable it to shut down businesses, shopping malls or public transports. Also it would be able to impose restrictions on the number of people allowed in specific public places, rather than general restrictions on public gatherings.

Health Minister Lena Hallengren said, “Those who violate restrictions that limit access to public places can be sentenced to a monetary fine.”

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