Sweden’s unusual way of combating the epidemic is gaining great attention in the world. As of April 20, the country recorded 14,385 infections and 1,540 deaths from Covid-19.
In contrast to many countries with epidemics, Sweden has chosen a relatively light policy to combat the spread of corona virus. The government believes that people’s self-awareness can control the disease.
The world has yet to conclude which anti-epidemic strategy is the most effective, but many of Sweden’s top epidemiologists argue that the country’s unusual approach is bringing many positive signals, according to Bloomberg.
The number of deaths in Sweden is higher than that of its neighbors
As of April 20, Sweden recorded 1,540 deaths related to the Covid-19 epidemic. This figure is quite high compared to neighboring countries but lower than data in the US, Italy, Spain and the UK.
Anders Tegnell, the epidemiologist who designed the Swedish prevention strategy, told local media that new rates of deaths and deaths were tending to stabilize. “We have passed the epidemic peak,” said Mr. Tegnell.
Many other senior medical experts also agree with the above view. Microbiology department of the Public Health Agency, Karin Tegmark Wisell, commented: “The translation curve in Sweden is getting flatter.”
According to Mr. Wisell, the country recorded more new infections with a stable trend. He also said the proportion of patients requiring intensive care did not increase as fast as the previous two weeks.
According to economist James Pomeroy of the HSBC Research Center, a “soft” epidemic strategy could reduce the impact of the pandemic on the Swedish economy. “If Covid-19 is soon controlled, this country can recover its economy faster than other countries.”
Economic expert James Pomeroy also pointed out a few characteristics that help Sweden gain an advantage in the crisis response.
Unlike the rest of Europe, Sweden does not have many multi-generational families, so the social gap is made easier. Pomeroy said about half of the households in the country are single or families without children.
Besides, Sweden also owns the largest remote workforce in Europe. With fast Internet access and independent work habits, workers can maintain productivity and efficiency without going to the office.
Notably, the country also owns one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Sweden has not experienced a shortage of personnel or equipment since the beginning of the epidemic. Hospitals and health facilities across the country always have the capacity to accommodate more patients.
In addition, the deep trust base between the government and the people is also a feature that makes the country different.
Holman W. Jenkins article in The Wall Street Journal commented: “Sweden is a highly reliable society where the government uses tax money effectively while people enjoy good welfare and the foundation. market economy develops ”.
“I am sure the government can handle this crisis,” Chief executive Hakan Samuelsson of the carmaker Volvo said. I fully believe the measures are being applied ”.
Due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic, Volvo had to suspend production lines in many European countries. According to Mr. Samuelsson, this business will let factories in Sweden restart from April 20.
Self-awareness of the people
Many countries around the world have to impose strict penalties for people to seriously implement social distance. In Sweden, people voluntarily follow anti-epidemic recommendations without the need for laws or legal enforcement.
Trips to Gotland, a popular Easter holiday spot, are down 96%, Bloomberg cites data from Telia – the country’s largest mobile network provider. According to online service Citimapper, the frequency of movement of people in the capital city of Stockholm also decreased by 75%.
Officials in the country also affirmed that the people of Sweden did not underestimate the disease and were seriously taking social distance.
“It is wrong to say that Sweden maintains a normal lifestyle,” Foreign Minister Ann Linde told a radio interview. “The government has made a series of decisions that affect the whole society.”
Sweden has just introduced more restrictive measures such as banning gatherings of 50 people or more instead of 500 as before; restaurants are only served at the table instead of at the bar; nursing homes must suspend activities to visit relatives.
During a press conference on April 16, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced that he would extend restrictions on international visitors until May 15. He also warned that many travel control measures could be maintained for months.
As of the morning of April 20, Sweden recorded 14,385 cases and 1,540 deaths from Covid-19, citing data from World Meter.