Swedish Health Agency proposes mandatory COVID test to enter country
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Health Agency said on Friday it had recommended the government require travellers show a negative COVID-19 test result before entering the country, in a bid to keep new variants of the virus from spreading. 'The situation is changing extremely rapidly in the outside world and different virus variants can be found in more countries than those we currently know,' it said in the press release
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Health Agency said on Friday it had recommended the government require travellers show a negative COVID-19 test result before entering the country, in a bid to keep new variants of the virus from spreading.
"The situation is changing extremely rapidly in the outside world and different virus variants can be found in more countries than those we currently know," it said in the press release.
The test would have to be taken a maximum of 48 hours before entering the country.
The Health agency also proposed that newly-arrived travellers self-quarantine for one week and take an additional test after five days.
Cross-border commuters would need to get tested once a week.
Sweden already has travel restrictions in place for people from Britain, Denmark and Norway, as well as travellers from outside the EU.
It has seen a rapid decline in new cases in recent weeks, registering the lowest daily increase in over three months on Friday. [L8N2K454G]
The country of 10 million inhabitants has registered more than 566,000 cases of the virus in total and more than 11,500 deaths.
Sweden's death rate per capita is several times higher than that of its Nordic neighbours, but lower than several European countries that opted for lockdowns.
(Reporting by Johan Ahlander; Editing by Simon Johnson)
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.
By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States
BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.