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  • Swedish region announces "personal lockdown" as COVID rate soars to highest in EU
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    Swedish region announces "personal lockdown" as COVID rate soars to highest in EU

    One of Sweden's most populous regions has asked residents to enter a "personal lockdown" in order to curb soaring COVID-19 cases, Euronews reported Wednesday.Why it matters: Sweden's more relaxed approach to the pandemic prompted libertarians and conservatives, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), to argue that the U.S. should have adopted a similar strategy. But the country this week reported the second-highest infection rate in the European Union.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.By the numbers: Sweden reported a seven-day average of 625 new infections per million people, statistics published Tuesday by the scientific online publication OurWorldInData show.What's happening: Mikael Köhler, health chief of the Swedish region of Uppsala, told Euronews regional health officials were asking each resident "to act like they are in a personal lockdown.""If they have to meet other people ... everyone has to suspect that everyone they are meeting could be infected," he added.The big picture: Patient numbers in Sweden's intensive care units have surged "past the peak of the second wave around the turn of the year," Reuters reports.Sweden's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said Tuesday there were "no signs of a decrease" in the spread officials were seeing, per Reuters.While the country has never imposed a strict lockdown like other nations, it has introduced measures including international travel restrictions and limits on public gatherings to eight and restaurant tables to four.For the record: Uppsala is one of 13 of the 21 regions in Sweden to have implemented stricter pandemic measures this spring, according to The Local."While this is a noticeably sharper tone, the actual recommendations in place in Uppsala remain the same, The Local notes. This guidance includes staying 2 meters (6.5 feet) from others, wearing a face mask if you need to use public transport, don't meet up with people you don't live with and work from home "if you can," per The Local.Flashback: Coronavirus helps drive Sweden death tally to highest in 151 yearsLike this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.