Swedish authorities have announced they are planning to shut down the nation’s only non-basketball tour to the Olympic Games.
Sweden will now instead be allowed to hold a similar “dental tourism” tour for all athletes to enjoy during the Games, but the tour will be closed to the public.
Swedish media reported that the tour would be open to the general public on August 2, but Swedish authorities later said it was still a “very risky” and “unnecessary” venture, while announcing that the entire tour would only be allowed for athletes and staff of Swedish sports clubs.
“The tour is not a recreational activity for anyone, it is not allowed by the Ministry of Health or any other authority,” the press release said.
Swedes have been forced to endure a host of health scares during the Paralympics, which they are also hosting in their home country.
Ahead of the Paralymics, the Swedish Sports Authority (MMA) said it had shut down its entire tour of Stockholm and Lofoten, a resort town in northern Norway, due to a rise in cases of coronavirus infections.
It said more than 500 people had been infected in Lofotsen, while more than 3,000 people had contracted coronaviruses.
The latest figures also showed that the death toll from the coronaviral outbreak is increasing by the day, with 4,000 coronavire deaths recorded in Sweden on Monday.
The news comes a day after the IOC’s International Olympic Committee said it would extend the Games to August 20.
The IOC said the decision was taken after an intensive analysis of the current situation and the impact on public health.
Switzerland, Sweden and other European countries have also been forced by the coronivirus outbreak to halt their own dental tourism tours.
Swiss sports officials have also called for a national ban on non-athletic activities, saying that the lack of safety measures in the country had created a dangerous situation for those who visited the country.