Swedish PM and others test positive after parliamentary debate

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson’s office says she has tested positive for COVID-19

STOCKHOLM – Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson’s office said on Friday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

Her office told Swedish news agency TT that Anderson was following “current advice and will be working from home”. Anderson is doing well, her office said.

Centre Party leader Annie Love and Little Greens leader Per Borend also tested positive following Wednesday’s 349-seat parliamentary debate. The latter then coughed during an interview with the media.

Bolund tweeted on Thursday that a rapid test gave him results and he immediately went into isolation as recommended by Sweden’s public health agency.

Swedish broadcaster SVT said other party leaders who took part in the debate had tested negative.

Anderson, the former finance minister, became Sweden’s first female prime minister in November. She is the leader of Sweden’s largest Social Democratic Party.

Ahtisaari, who was head of the Nordic state from 1994 to 2000, also contracted the disease in March 2020.

He won the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize for resolving international conflicts, but he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has withdrawn from all public engagements.


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