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Swedish prime minister tests positive for COVID-19

Swedish prime minister tests positive for COVID-19

Swedish head of the government Magdalena Andersson has tested positive for Covid-19 after a cross-party meeting this week.

The Swedish prime minister became the third party leader to get a positive test result for the coronavirus in just one week. As Andersson’s press secretary said, the Social Democrat leader is feeling well, taking into account the circumstances.

“The Prime Minister has tested positive for Covid-19 in a rapid test. She’s following the current recommendations and will carry out her work from home,” spokesperson added.

Now, PM Andersson would get a follow-up PCR test, her office confirmed.

The second Swedish politician, a Centre Party leader Annie Lööf, also caught the coronavirus. According to Wednesday statement, she was symptom-free but had received a positive result on a rapid COVID-19 test, which she chose to take after someone whom she had met at the end of last week began to show symptoms and tested positive.

On Thursday morning, Green Party leader Per Bolund then announced he had also got a positive result back on a rapid test.

Andersson also got tested on Thursday, and then got a negative result.

All of them have attended the Swedish parliament’s first party leader debate of the year on Wednesday. On the same day they also attended a two-hour meeting with other party leaders, where they are said to have kept a two-metre distance to each other.

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson got a negative test on Thursday, the party’s press office comfirmed. Bolund’s Green Party co-leader Märta Stenevi tested negative on both Thursday and Friday. Additionally, leaders of the Christian Democrat, Left and Liberal parties have also tested negative.

As the TT news agency on Friday, moderate leader Ulf Kristersson had a confirmed Covid-19 infection the week before Christmas.