Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, days after her government introduced new restrictions to contain a fourth wave of cases caused by the Omicron variant.
A government press secretary, Darina Agha, said the prime minister “felt fine given the circumstances” and that she would continue her work while isolated at home.
Several other Swedish officials have also tested positive for Covid since attending a parliamentary debate on Wednesday. Members of the country’s royal family, including the king, queen and crown princess, have also contracted the virus this month.
The country introduced new rules this week to stem a rise in the number of cases.
From Wednesday, restaurants and bars will be required to close at 11pm and limit the size of parties to eight people. Restrictions were also placed on public gatherings and events, including a vaccination certificate for attendees of events with more than 50 people.
Sweden, which stood out in Europe for its decision not to introduce a lockdown early in the pandemic, now has an average of 22,790 new virus cases per day, according to Our World in Data. Last week, the Swedish health agency reported 124,211 cases, more than double the previous week’s figure.