Sweden on Thursday reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases since late June.

The Scandinavian nation — which became a pandemic focal point when it refused to implement lockdowns earlier this year — reported a total of 752 new COVID-19 cases.

The country hasn’t seen such a dramatic infection rate increase since June 30, when it reported roughly 800 cases.

Anders Tegnell — the chief epidemiologist behind the nation’s “soft-touch” coronavirus strategy, which has included a reluctance to recommend masks — said the rise in cases is likely due to workplace outbreaks. He also attributed the spread to young people living in cities.


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