Sweden registered 6,485 new coronavirus cases
That compared with a high of 7,240 daily cases recorded two weeks ago.
Sweden reported 35 new coronavirus deaths on Thursday, bringing the total death toll to 7,007, the country's Public Health Agency reported. Sweden's death rate per capita is several times higher than that of its Nordic neighbors, but lower than several European countries that opted for lockdowns.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Public Health Agency urged children from coronavirus infected families not to go to school, in a bid to alleviate the burden of school staff as more and more teachers are falling ill with coronavirus after allegedly having been infected at work.
The Swedish Health Agency, largely behind Sweden's no-lockdown strategy, has refrained from recommending masks, citing poor evidence of their effectiveness and fears that masks might be used as an excuse to not isolate when experiencing symptoms.
"Face masks may be needed in some situations. Those situations have not arisen in Sweden yet, according to our dialog with the (healthcare) regions," Anders Tegnell, Sweden's chief epidemiologist, told a news conference on Thursday.
"WHO is clear that the state of evidence for masks is weak. All studies so far suggest that it is much more important to keep your distance than to have a face mask," he said. ■