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Coronavirus Is Spreading in 17 of Sweden's 21 Counties

Αssociated Press

An elderly woman strolls in the Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020. (Amir Nabizadeh / TT via AP)

STOCKHOLM — Coronavirus is spreading in 17 of Sweden's 21 counties, according to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

Worst hit is Scania, Sweden’s southern region around Malmo, the country’s third-largest city, where national authorities have urged people to avoid shopping centers and shops and stay away from public transportation.

Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist who is credited with being behind Sweden's much-debated COVID-19 approach of keeping large parts of society open, said the country is about ”to reach a critical point,” as he announced the restrictions for Malmo, which took effect immediately for at least a three weeks.

Also, the counties of Orebro, west of Stockholm, and Kronoberg in southern Sweden have been warnings of strains on hospitals due to the number of COVID-19 patients.