Coronavirus: Sweden brings in rule of eight for diners amid spike in infections

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image captionSweden has not imposed tough restrictions seen elsewhere in Europe

Sweden has limited to eight per table the number of people sitting together in cafes and restaurants, amid a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.

"We have a very serious situation," Prime Minister Stefan Löfven warned, saying the virus was "going in the wrong direction".

Sweden has reported 31 Covid deaths since Friday, taking the death toll to 5,969 - far higher than its neighbours.

Unlike them, Sweden has never imposed a nationwide lockdown.

Mr Löfven also announced stricter recommendations - including avoiding public transport and non-essential shopping - for another three regions: Halland, Örebro and Jönköping,

This means that about 70% of the country's 10.5 million people now live under the new government guidelines, which are voluntary.

media captionRos Atkins looks at one country that's been an outlier since the start of the pandemic: Sweden

The head of the Swedish Public Health Agency, Johan Carlson, said he hoped the public could work together to stop the spread of the virus, by complying with national and regional voluntary guidelines, as they did during the spring and summer.

However, he warned Swedes that "we have a long, tough winter in front of us".

More than 134,000 people have been infected in the Scandinavian country since the start of the pandemic.

The authorities previously advised those groups to avoid all close contact with people they did not live with.

But Sweden's public health chief said self-isolation had taken a toll on the elderly.

In other developments across Europe:

  • France has reported 854 deaths linked to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. It's the country's highest daily death toll since mid-April and double the figure recorded on Monday
  • The Netherlands is introducing extra lockdown measures. Museums, cinemas, sex clubs and other public places will close for two weeks. A "rule of two" applies outdoors, and households are allowed a maximum of two guests a day
  • Germany's health minister warned that the country was in a crucial phase of its fight against the outbreak, after it entered a month-long "lockdown light" on Monday
  • The number of people dying in the UK is more than 10% above normal levels - with almost all of the excess linked to Covid, official figures showed
  • Greece expanded a night curfew on movement, shutting restaurants, theatres and museums in the most populous regions - including the capital Athens - for a month
  • New lockdowns come into force at midnight in Portugal, too, affecting around 70% of the country's population

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*Deaths per 100,000 people

US 609,365 186.3 34,592,503
Brazil 554,497 264.7 19,839,369
India 423,217 31.3 31,572,344
Mexico 239,997 190.2 2,810,097
Peru 196,214 613.4 2,108,595
Russia 154,404 105.9 6,138,969
UK 129,515 192.9 5,801,561
Italy 128,029 211.2 4,336,906
Colombia 120,126 241.9 4,766,829
France 111,757 172.0 6,079,239
Argentina 105,113 236.9 4,905,925
Germany 91,623 110.2 3,772,326
Indonesia 90,552 33.8 3,331,206
Iran 90,074 110.1 3,826,447
Spain 81,442 174.4 4,422,291
Poland 75,257 198.5 2,882,630
South Africa 71,431 123.6 2,422,151
Ukraine 55,503 125.4 2,331,402
Turkey 51,184 62.2 5,682,630
Chile 35,295 188.4 1,613,288
Romania 34,275 175.7 1,082,880
Ecuador 31,549 184.7 485,673
Czech Republic 30,363 284.7 1,673,429
Hungary 30,025 309.3 809,427
Philippines 27,577 25.9 1,572,287
Canada 26,544 71.6 1,437,111
Belgium 25,235 219.8 1,122,951
Pakistan 23,295 11.0 1,024,861
Bangladesh 20,255 12.6 1,226,253
Tunisia 19,336 167.2 582,638
Iraq 18,533 48.2 1,603,787
Bulgaria 18,208 258.2 424,526
Netherlands 17,832 104.5 1,860,904
Bolivia 17,784 156.6 471,958
Portugal 17,320 168.9 960,437
Egypt 16,514 16.8 284,170
Japan 15,188 11.9 904,549
Paraguay 14,876 213.9 451,695
Sweden 14,656 147.0 1,099,414
Greece 12,911 122.7 487,709
Slovakia 12,536 229.9 392,537
Switzerland 10,905 127.9 716,865
Austria 10,737 120.8 658,004
Guatemala 10,248 59.4 362,134
Jordan 10,010 100.4 769,390
Nepal 9,807 34.9 690,642
Morocco 9,697 26.9 606,871
Bosnia and Herzegovina 9,686 291.4 205,610
Malaysia 8,725 27.7 1,078,646
Myanmar 8,552 15.9 289,333
Croatia 8,250 198.5 363,227
Saudi Arabia 8,200 24.3 522,108
Lebanon 7,900 115.2 559,473
Honduras 7,793 81.3 294,561
Serbia 7,110 101.8 721,267
Panama 6,798 162.8 433,545
Afghanistan 6,615 17.8 145,996
Israel 6,466 77.1 870,181
Moldova 6,253 154.3 259,202
Uruguay 5,953 172.6 381,187
Kazakhstan 5,780 31.6 625,165
Georgia 5,768 144.1 413,626
North Macedonia 5,491 263.6 156,225
Ireland 5,035 104.5 298,048
Azerbaijan 5,019 50.4 342,548
Costa Rica 5,013 100.3 405,206
China 4,848 0.3 104,918
Armenia 4,604 156.0 229,603
Thailand 4,562 6.6 561,030
Slovenia 4,428 213.1 258,963
Lithuania 4,413 157.5 282,416
Ethiopia 4,381 4.0 279,629
Sri Lanka 4,324 20.4 304,202
Algeria 4,189 9.9 168,668
Dominican Republic 3,956 37.2 341,179
Kenya 3,910 7.6 201,009
Oman 3,814 79.0 295,857
Palestinian Territories 3,601 74.0 316,487
Venezuela 3,558 12.3 303,797
Libya 3,469 51.9 246,200
Belarus 3,434 36.3 443,864
Zimbabwe 3,421 23.7 105,656
Zambia 3,355 19.3 194,140
Namibia 2,970 121.3 117,896
Sudan 2,776 6.6 37,138
Uganda 2,632 6.2 93,282
Cuba 2,628 23.2 366,985
El Salvador 2,613 40.7 86,620
Latvia 2,554 132.4 138,717
Denmark 2,548 44.3 314,983
Albania 2,457 85.2 132,999
Kyrgyzstan 2,311 36.7 161,973
Kuwait 2,309 55.8 396,332
Kosovo 2,269 123.0 108,203
Nigeria 2,141 1.1 172,821
South Korea 2,089 4.1 196,806
United Arab Emirates 1,939 20.1 677,801
Syria 1,912 11.3 25,942
Montenegro 1,629 259.5 101,642
Malawi 1,588 8.8 51,141
Botswana 1,569 69.6 106,690
Mozambique 1,388 4.7 117,660
Bahrain 1,384 88.2 268,974
Cambodia 1,375 8.5 76,585
Yemen 1,374 4.8 7,042
Cameroon 1,334 5.3 82,064
Senegal 1,318 8.3 60,170
Estonia 1,272 96.2 133,111
Jamaica 1,182 40.3 52,504
Trinidad and Tobago 1,057 76.1 38,247
DR Congo 1,023 1.2 49,251
Vietnam 1,022 1.1 133,405
Angola 1,003 3.3 42,486
Finland 982 17.8 105,260
Madagascar 942 3.6 42,645
Australia 923 3.7 33,909
Uzbekistan 866 2.7 128,403
Ghana 823 2.8 103,019
Luxembourg 822 136.0 73,816
Mongolia 809 25.5 162,869
Somalia 809 5.4 15,358
Norway 799 15.0 137,127
Rwanda 787 6.4 68,867
Taiwan 787 3.3 15,637
Eswatini 772 67.9 24,848
Suriname 643 111.6 25,218
Qatar 601 21.6 225,905
Mauritania 553 12.6 25,063
Haiti 545 4.9 20,077
Guyana 535 68.7 22,372
Mali 531 2.8 14,566
Malta 423 96.3 34,090
Cyprus 416 48.1 100,784
Lesotho 374 17.7 12,908
Belize 337 88.0 14,114
Ivory Coast 326 1.3 49,911
Cape Verde 298 54.8 33,721
Bahamas 286 74.2 14,545
Guadeloupe 280 70.0 18,313
Réunion 275 31.2 37,231
Fiji 227 25.7 27,497
Maldives 220 42.7 77,202
Gambia 212 9.3 7,709
Guinea 211 1.7 25,401
Nicaragua 195 3.0 9,470
Niger 195 0.9 5,607
Papua New Guinea 192 2.2 17,673
French Guiana 184 65.0 29,950
Congo 177 3.4 13,156
Mayotte 174 67.0 19,474
Chad 174 1.1 4,972
Burkina Faso 169 0.9 13,566
Gabon 163 7.7 25,370
Djibouti 155 16.2 11,649
Togo 150 1.9 15,522
French Polynesia 148 53.3 19,875
Liberia 148 3.1 5,396
Comoros 147 17.7 4,025
Andorra 127 164.9 14,655
Curaçao 126 77.4 13,493
Equatorial Guinea 123 9.4 8,880
Tajikistan 121 1.3 14,929
Sierra Leone 120 1.6 6,268
South Sudan 118 1.1 11,014
Aruba 110 103.9 11,584
Benin 108 0.9 8,394
Martinique 104 27.7 17,215
Central African Republic 98 2.1 7,151
Seychelles 94 96.8 18,189
Gibraltar 94 278.8 4,922
San Marino 90 266.4 5,130
Saint Lucia 88 48.4 5,567
Channel Islands 86 50.4 9,127
Guinea-Bissau 74 3.9 4,387
Liechtenstein 59 155.6 3,085
Barbados 48 16.7 4,365
Antigua and Barbuda 43 44.7 1,295
Singapore 37 0.6 64,722
Sao Tome and Principe 37 17.5 2,432
Eritrea 34 1.0 6,544
Saint Martin 34 91.2 2,760
Monaco 33 85.3 2,853
Bermuda 33 52.6 2,553
British Virgin Islands 31 104.0 2,500
Iceland 30 8.9 7,676
Isle of Man 29 34.5 4,333
Timor-Leste 26 2.1 10,695
New Zealand 26 0.5 2,871
Tanzania 21 0.0 1,017
Mauritius 19 1.5 3,913
Turks and Caicos Islands 18 47.8 2,481
Diamond Princess cruise ship 13 712
St Vincent and the Grenadines 12 10.9 2,288
Burundi 9 0.1 6,865
Laos 6 0.1 5,675
Saint Kitts and Nevis 3 5.7 582
Brunei 3 0.7 333
Bhutan 2 0.3 2,506
Cayman Islands 2 3.1 640
MS Zaandam cruise ship 2 9
Saint Barthelemy 1 10.2 1,005
Faroe Islands 1 2.1 980
Grenada 1 0.9 164
Montserrat 1 20.0 21
Vanuatu 1 0.3 4
Dominica 0 0.0 210
New Caledonia 0 0.0 133
Greenland 0 0.0 117
Anguilla 0 0.0 113
Falkland Islands 0 0.0 63
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0 0.0 28
Vatican 0 0.0 27
Solomon Islands 0 0.0 20
Marshall Islands 0 0.0 4
Samoa 0 0.0 3
Kiribati 0 0.0 2
Micronesia 0 0.0 1
Palau 0 0.0 0

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This information is regularly updated but may not reflect the latest totals for each country.

** The past data for new cases is a three day rolling average. Due to revisions in the number of cases, an average cannot be calculated for this date.

Source: Johns Hopkins University, national public health agencies and UN population data

Figures last updated: 30 July 2021, 10:45 BST

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