Coronavirus briefing: Continued improvement in SwedenThe epidemic
Policy and vaccines
- The number of coronavirus cases continued to decline in the EU. Among the biggest EU countries, cases have fallen in France and Germany, and point slightly down in Spain and Italy. Vaccinations have accelerated further.
- In the US, the number of new cases has declined further while the number of deaths has remained stable.
- Cases and deaths continue to rise extremely fast in India, though there are signs that the peak could be near. Recorded cases have also surged in neighboring Nepal.
- Recorded cases in Turkey are now falling from their April peak but deaths continue to climb.
- In Sweden, cases continue to show a falling trend and hospital data points to the same direction.
- Cases and hospitalisations continue to fall in Finland. In Denmark, hospitalisations have declined.
- In the Baltics, the decline in Estonian cases continues, while cases are flat in Latvia and point slightly up in Lithuania. Deaths have declined in Estonia and Latvia, while they are trending sideways to slightly up in Lithuania.
- France removed domestic travel restrictions and eases curfew rules today.
- The US banned most travel from India. Australia installed a very strict travel ban on India.
- Russia started a one-week holiday in order to slow down the spread of the virus.
- Denmark is now letting vaccinated people from the Skåne region travel to the country freely.
- The Swedish government proposed easing restrictions on events from May 17 if the virus situation allows. Up to 500 people may be allowed in outdoor events with designated seats.
- Pfizer & BioNTech filed for approval from the EMA to use its vaccine on teens aged over 12.
- Norway increased the interval between a first and second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
- In Sweden, the government postponed its target of offering all adults a first dose to September 5.
- The Swedish Public Health Agency now recommends that children aged 16-17 in risk groups to be vaccinated as well in phases 3 and 4 of the vaccination plan.
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