Covid-19: restrictions lifted in Sweden and Portugal

Faced with the improvement in the health situation, several European countries are relaxing their anti-Covid measures. This is particularly the case of Sweden and Portugal.

Sweden is largely back to its former life. Since Wednesday, most of the restrictions imposed during the pandemic have been lifted.

No more gauges, no more physical distancing, no more restricted hours …

But this return to normal only benefits those who have been vaccinated.

Currently three-quarters of Swedes over 16 have received their vaccine injections.

The vaccination rate is even higher in Portugal – nearly 85% – which makes it one of the most advanced countries in the world in this area. And this justifies the decision of the authorities to put an end to the activities of the cell – vaccination piloted by the army.

Many restrictions must be lifted this Friday, October 1: full and unrestricted reopening of bars and restaurants, provided a health pass is presented.

Wearing a mask will remain compulsory in closed places.

Conversely, Russia is one of the countries which still records many deaths – 852 in 24 hours, a record level.

A situation which does not lead to new restrictive measures.

Vaccination is progressing slowly. To date, barely a third of Russians have received at least one dose of vaccine.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,762,596 worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from from official sources.

More than 232,788,940 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed since the start of the epidemic.

The figures are based on reports communicated daily by the health authorities in each country. They exclude the revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations, which conclude with a much higher number of deaths.

The WHO even estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the results of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.

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