Swedish authorities escalate measures to prevent epidemic outbreak
On monday authorities in Sweden revoked traffic permission for direct flights from Iran, which affects Air Iran effective immediately. Furthermore, the public health authorities elevate the risk assessment levels for imported cases to the highest level (very high risk), and the risk for community transmission from low to moderate. Sentinel testing will also be implemented, where patients with sympthoms will be tested regardless of contact and travel history.
Currently over 1000 swedes are awainting test results to see if they are positive for SARS-CoV-2019, all while WHO refuse to call the pandemic for what it is in an attempt to curb panic around the world. On the same page the WHO director stated
We are in unchartered territory. We have never before seen a respiratory pathogen that is capable of community transmission, but which can also be contained with the right measures....Our message to all countries is: this is not a one-way street. We can push this virus back.