Sweden Tries to Isolate Covid-19 Cases Without a Lockdown as Infections Surge

Sweden, almost alone in Europe in rejecting a broad lockdown this spring, has introduced new guidelines to curb a surge in coronavirus infections but is sticking to its largely voluntary approach.

The Nordic country, which only had minor restrictions throughout its epidemic, had until recently been spared by the second wave of Covid-19 cases currently sweeping Europe. Authorities’ hopes that this was the result of collective immunity built as the disease spread rapidly through communities earlier in the year were dashed in recent days when a surge in new cases put Stockholm on track to reach last spring’s infection record.

The new measures, in force for less than a week, recommend that all members of a household should isolate for a week if one of them becomes infected. Those unable to work from home will be eligible for sick pay.

In addition, anyone experiencing cold-like symptoms such as a sore

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Daily VA Coronavirus Numbers Increase; Northam, Wife Isolate

VIRGINIA — There are 941 new cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of Friday, according to the Virginia Department of Health, up from the 902 new cases reported on Thursday. The Department of Health also reported 23 additional coronavirus-related deaths on Friday.

The cumulative total number of cases in Virginia is 144,433 and the cumulative total number of coronavirus-related deaths across the state is 3,3136. Hospitalizations have increased to 10,806, up from 10,769 reported on Thursday.

On Friday morning, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela Northam, announced they have tested positive for the coronavirus after a member of the governor’s residence staff also tested positive. While the governor has reported experiencing no symptoms of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the virus — Pamela Northam has reported experiencing mild symptoms.

Northam and his wife received PCR nasal swab tests Wednesday and received positive results. Both will isolate

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