The Swedish model – for those who still have doubts – doesn’t work. Yesterday, Sweden experienced the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe per capita. To say it, the statistics of “Our World In Data”, an online research publication based at the University of Oxford.
The reason is due to the choices of the Stockholm government led by the Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Sweden has never imposed a lockdown on the population and has preferred to encourage personal responsibility by asking citizens to stay at home when they are sick and to keep social distances when they are in public.. Most companies, restaurants, bars and schools remained open, although over 50 people were banned at the end of March.
Johan Giesecke, a former Swedish chief epidemiologist, now a health adviser to the World Health Organization, defended his country’s policy and said that national blockades simply delay the inevitable number of coronavirus cases and deaths. “There is very little we can do to prevent infections,” he wrote in an article published on Lancet earlier this month. “A freeze could delay serious cases for a while, but once the restrictions are eased, the cases will reappear,” he said. “I expect that when we count the number of deaths for Covid-19 in each country in a year, the numbers will be similar, regardless of the measures taken,” he concluded.
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