March 9, 2020 / 1:29 PM / 25 days ago

Swedish central banker tests positive for new coronavirus

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden’s Central Bank said on Monday that one of its rate-setting board members, Deputy Governor Martin Floden, had tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The Riksbank said a statement that one of its employees had contracted the disease, but did not identify the staffer. However, a central bank spokesman confirmed that the employee was Floden and said he was feeling well.

“An employee of the Riksbank who has holidayed in northern Italy tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday,” the Riksbank said in its statement.

“This person has worked from home since they arrived back in Sweden last Saturday, in line with the Riksbank’s recommendations to its employees and has not had contact with any other employee at the Riksbank or taken part in any external meetings.”

Reporting by Niklas Pollard and Anna Ringstrom, editing by Johan Ahlander

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