University students urged to stop partying as Covid-19 cases rise

Sweden

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Matilda Ernkrans, minister for higher education, gave university students a sharp reprimand on Friday for spreading Covid-19 through off-campus parties.

Lyssna: University students urged to stop partying as Covid-19 cases rise

Government and health officials had a stern warning on Friday for Sweden’s more than 400,000 university students: stop partying and spreading the coronavirus.

The Public Health Agency says they know of at least 8 regions that have traced outbreaks of Covid-19 back to private, off-campus parties. So far, some 200 students have been confirmed infected with the coronavirus after attending a student party or event.

Higher Education Minister Matilda Ernkrans says the majority of students are doing the right thing. But if the situation doesn’t improve, Ernkrans warned campuses could close once again, like they did in the spring.

They need to focus on their education and not partying,”

she tells Radio Sweden.

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Frank Radosevich
frank.radosevich_ii@sverigesradio.se