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Swedish prime minister tests positive for COVID-19 after Parliament debate

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The prime minister of Sweden and two party leaders have tested positive for COVID-19 after earlier this week participating in a Parliament debate, The Associated Press reported.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s office confirmed on Friday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 in addition to Green Party head Per Bolund and Center Party leader Annie Loof. Andersson’s office said to Sweden’s TT News Agency that she “‘will carry out her work from home,” the news wire noted.

Swedish broadcaster SVT noted that the other party leaders who participated in the Wednesday debate returned negative COVID-19 tests, according to the AP.

On Thursday, Sweden reported a new high for daily COVID-19 infections at 25,215 cases as the country grapples with the highly transmissible omicron variant, Reuters reported.

Sweden’s Public Health Agency predicted on Thursday that the country would see its peak of cases near the end of January, estimating that Sweden could see over twice the number of daily infections reported on Thursday in a worst-case scenario.

“The calculations in the Health Agency’s updated scenarios show a massively increasing infection spread for another two weeks, with a peak at the end of January,” Sweden’s Public Health Agency said in a statement, according to Reuters.

In an effort to curb COVID-19 transmission, Sweden has pushed people to work remotely in addition to tightening COVID-19 protocols. 

Other countries, including the United States, have also grappled with the omicron variant, though initial research and data suggest that the variant may not be as severe as health officials initially worried.

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