Sweden expands traveler COVID-19 testing over Omicron worries

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Nurse takes a sample from a nursing aide for a rapid COVID-19 test before she can start her shift at a home for elderly in Lerum, Sweden December 18, 2020. TT News Agency/Adam Ihse via REUTERS

STOCKHOLM, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The Swedish health agency on Tuesday recommended that all travellers above the age of 6 entering Sweden from outside the Nordic region take a COVID-19 test within seven days due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

"Due to the discovery of Omicron, the new virus variant of SARS-CoV-2, in more and more countries, the Swedish Public Health Agency is expanding its recommendations for travelers," it said in a statement.

"The testing for COVID-19 now covers all travelers from preschool class (age) and up that travel to Sweden from countries outside the Nordic region."

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