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Stockholm May Halt All Non-Essential Care as Covid Cases Mount

Dec. 15, 2020, 12:32 PM

Sweden’s capital is considering shelving all non-essential health-care services to free up resources needed to tackle the relentless rise in Covid-19 cases.

The proposal, which would be effective till the end of January, is due to be discussed later on Tuesday, Bjorn Eriksson, Director of Health and Medical Services for the Stockholm region, told reporters in the Swedish capital.

The redeployment would help Sweden tackle the “historically high” health-care needs its citizens are facing during the pandemic. Occupancy rates in the intensive care wards of the largest Nordic metropolis were “well over 100%” on Monday, Eriksson said.

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