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The Swedish parliament approved an extraordinary bill to expand the government’s powers to impose measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak without requiring prior approval from the legislature. The new executive powers entered into force on Sunday.
The government also extended the temporary entry ban until May 15.
As the outbreak continues to claim lives, topping 1500 on Monday, officials maintain that the controversial strategy is working. The country’s refusal to impose mandatory stay-at-home orders have become a polarizing issue online, as tends to be the case for Swedish policy-making during crises.