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Swedish PM Lofven tests negative for COVID-19, to end self-isolation

weden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a news conference updating on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation, at the government headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, November 3, 2020. Jessica Gow/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has tested negative for COVID-19 and will end the period of self-isolating he underwent as a precaution after a contact met with a person who was found to have been infected with the disease, a spokesman said.

“After a negative COVID-19 test and consultation with a doctor, the Prime Minister will end his isolation,” a spokesman for the PM said in a text message to Reuters on Monday.

Sweden, like much of Europe, has seen infections surge recently, and Lofven said last week he would self-isolate after a person close to him had met someone who was later confirmed to have COVID-19.

Reporting by Niklas Pollard; Editing by Simon Johnson