Covid-19: Sweden recommends home working during the autumn

Sweden's health minister Lena Hallengren and the country's Public Health Agency announced updated guidance for the autumn, which include a continued recommendation to work from home, news wires reported. According to the health agency this will help reduce congestion on public transport especially for those like service workers and medical staff who cannot work from home.

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell noted that with university and upper secondary students returning to studies and workers returning from holiday, transport will be busier in the autumn. Speaking to the TT newswire, he said that public transport was likely a small but important source of infection spike, since it allows the virus to spread between different groups in society. Asked why the Public Health Agency wasn't recommending face masks, Tegnell said this wasn't an appropriate measure "at the moment" because maintaining social distance was more important.

Health Minister Lena Hallengren urged everyone in Sweden to continue making "smart everyday decisions" amid reports of overcrowding on beaches, at restaurants and on public transport, particularly on trains.

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