Record number of Swedes infected with Omicron coronavirus
Fully vaccinated King and Queen of Sweden have tested positive for COVID-19, while the Scandinavian country has a record number of coronavirus infections caused by option “Omicron”.
King Carl XVI Gustav. Photo: Wikipedia.org.
While Sweden has a record number of cases caused by the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the fully vaccinated king and queen of the country have tested positive for the coronavirus, writes the Daily Mail.
A statement from the palace says that 75-year-old Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, who is a second cousin of British Queen Elizabeth II, and 78-year-old Queen Sylvia have tested positive for COVID.
“The king and queen, who are fully vaccinated with three injections, have mild symptoms and are doing well under the circumstances,” the royal palace said in a statement. It is also reported that members of the royal family are self-isolating, and work is underway to track those with whom they came in contact.
Positive tests for the king and queen were obtained against the background of an increase in the number of infections in Sweden caused by the new variant of the coronavirus “Omicron” … A new daily record of 11,507 coronavirus cases was set on December 30, according to the health agency.
After a calm autumn, Sweden has seen a spike in infection in recent weeks. Over the four-day period from Friday to Monday, the country reported 42,969 new cases and 20 deaths, according to the Public Health Agency.
Omicron has spread rapidly, especially in urban areas. Scientists estimate that it currently accounts for 50% or more of infections in regions such as Stockholm.
Last month, the Swedish government tightened restrictions on public gatherings. The authorities also called on everyone who can work from home. The Swedish government has maintained its policy throughout the pandemic to avoid tough restrictions.
The per capita death toll from COVID in Sweden is much higher than in neighboring Nordic countries, which introduced tighter restrictions at the start of the pandemic … But at the same time, Sweden had fewer deaths from coronavirus than in many European countries that introduced lockdowns. The Scandinavian kingdom became an international exception in 2020 when it did not implement the lockdown due to the pandemic.
Data for November 2021 shows that Sweden has nearly 1,500 confirmed coronavirus deaths per million people, lower than the European average of 1,800. For comparison, in the UK the figure is 2,100 per million, while in Belgium and Italy the figure is over 2,000.
When you look at excess deaths during a pandemic, Sweden is ranked 21st out of 31 European countries – with 5 percent more deaths since March last year than you would expect. On the other hand, in the UK, Italy and Spain, about 10 percent more people died during the pandemic.
But compared to its northern neighbors in Sweden, the death toll is much higher. So, in Norway, only 1305 deaths from coronavirus were registered, while in Sweden 15310 people died during the pandemic.
The COVID-infected king and queen are not the only members of the ruling family who have been overtaken by the coronavirus. The king's eldest daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, heiress to the throne, contracted the virus last March, as did her husband Prince Daniel. Both recovered from mild symptoms.
King Carl XVI Gustav, whose role is mostly ceremonial, became the head of the Swedish state at the age of 27 after the death of King Gustav VI Adolf in 1973, recalls the Daily Mail. His 48-year reign has not been without scandals. King Karl caused a furor in the Swedish media in 2020 when he said his country had failed to cope with COVID-19. This was a harsh criticism of the pandemic policy, partly to blame for the high death toll among the elderly. The Swedish king also made headlines in 2010 when Thomas Sjoberg's biography, The Reluctant Monarch, was released. The author accused the monarch of visiting underground strip clubs with friends and of extramarital affairs. During this scandal, the king made a vague statement. He said that he and his family decided to “turn the page … and move forward because I understand it happened a long time ago.”