In the 7 days to June 2, the number of Covid-19 deaths per capita in Sweden was the highest in the world, at 5.29 deaths per million inhabitants per day.
Sweden’s leading epidemiologist, the author of its “loose” Covid-19 coping strategy, admits Sweden has had too many deaths and should have taken decisive action. More paralysis to prevent the spread of the virus.
Anders Tegnell, who has previously criticized other nations’ border closures as unsustainable in the long run, told Radio Swedish on June 3 that “it is clearly possible to improve what they do.” I did it in Sweden.
He admits there have been too many deaths because of Covid-19 in Sweden, adding that the country “will have to consider in the future whether there is a way to prevent such a high death rate”.
Sweden’s per capita death rate is the highest in the world in seven days as of June 2. This week, the government acknowledged the mistake and pledged to set up a committee to consider developing a coping strategy with Covid-19.
“If we encounter this disease again, I think we will choose a solution between what Sweden has done and what the rest of the world has done,” Teg Tegnell said. “We will know exactly what to shut down to limit the spread of disease.”
In another interview with Dagens Nyheter Daily, Tegnell later said he still believed that “the basic strategy is still good. I don’t see what we should have done differently … Based on what we already know, we believe we have made the right decision. “
According to the online scientific publication of Ourworldindata.com, the number of Covid-19 deaths per person in Sweden is the highest in the world during the average period of seven days to June 2, at 5.29. deaths per million people a day, far ahead of Britain’s 4.48.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told Aftonbladet Daily that the country’s overall approach was right, but failed to protect nursing homes, which account for half of all Covid-19 deaths in Switzerland. Dien. Social affairs minister Lena Hallengren told Reuters the government was always ready to take broader measures, proposed by authorities and expertise.
Believing in the citizen’s sense of citizenship, Sweden closed schools for children over 16 and banned the gathering of more than 50 people, but recommended – instead of coercing – people to avoid going. It is not necessary and does not go out if you are elderly or ill. Shops, restaurants and gyms are still open.
Despite signs of growing public opinion, polls show that the Swedes largely support and adhere to the government’s uncompromising recommendations, in stark contrast to measures. Forced blockade of many countries, including Sweden’s northern neighbor of Sweden.
But the policy, Tegnell said, “is not aimed at achieving community immunity but is focused on slowing the spread of the virus sufficiently for timely medical care to respond,” which has suffered a growing tide of criticism. from many Swedish experts.
Sweden has recorded 4,468 deaths due to Covid-19, with a mortality rate of 449 cases per million people, well above 45 in Norway, 100 in Denmark and 58 in Finland. However, this figure is still lower than that of Italy (555), Spain (581) and England (593).
Norway and Denmark last week announced the opening of their borders but temporarily closed their doors to Sweden due to the high rate of Covid-19 infection.
Tegnell told Radio Sweden “it is still unclear exactly what the country should have done differently, or whether the restrictions that have been applied should be taken simultaneously, not step by step.” .
“Other countries immediately apply lots of measures at once. The problem is that you don’t really know which measure you’ve taken is the most effective … and what, besides what we do, can be done without resorting to a complete blockade. “
Annike Linde, Tegnell’s predecessor, said last week that she initially supported the nation’s response, but began to rethink when the virus hit the aging population.
“Now I understand, there is no strategy for the elderly,” Linde told National Television. “I don’t understand why they could stand there and say they coped well, when in reality it was so bad.”
She said another important mistake was that SARS-CoV-2 behaves like seasonal flu. “It’s not like the flu at all,” she said. “It spreads more slowly and has a longer incubation period. This makes disease detection more difficult, and hinders immune building in the community. ”
A study last month showed that only 7.3% of Stockholm’s population had Covid-19 antibodies until the end of April.