Greta Thunberg might have contracted COVID-19

Stockholm: Renowned environmental activist Greta Thunberg has said that she practiced self-isolation as she might have had coronavirus.

Miss Thunberg stated that she went into self-isolation after she returned from her trip to central Europe.

“The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside, when I returned from my trip around central Europe i isolated myself,” she said on an Instagram post.

“Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same as my father – who travelled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed,” she added.

According to her, in Sweden it is not possible to get tested for coronavirus unless it’s a medical emergency, and people feeling mildly ill are instructed to self-isolate.

She has warned the young people to take virus seriously – even if they themselves were often only facing mild symptoms.

“I almost didn’t feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this! Had it not been for someone else having the virus simultaneously I might not even have suspected anything. We who don’t belong to a risk group have an enormous responsibility, our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others,” she said.

Thunberg, who started her school strike outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 to demand far more ambitious action on climate change from the country’s government, took part in her 83rd strike last week. The movement behind the walkouts, Fridays for Future, has told strikers to conduct protests virtually due to the pandemic, which Thunberg said was a collective decision taken at an emergency remote meeting.

Sweden has reported more than 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with 36 casualties.