Scientist behind Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy suggests it allowed too many deaths

Students celebrate their high school graduation from Nacka Gymnasium in Stockholm on Wednesday.
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Date of Publication: June 4, 2020

Source: The Washington Post

Sweden has not escaped worldwide notice in the past few months due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic – as countries across the world instituted lockdowns, Sweden has instead decided to keep its hand in public affairs relatively light-handed. In contrast to other countries, they have allowed groups of people up to 50 to continue to congregate and have kept public life relatively untouched. Mask wearing has also not been mandated. This has unfortunately resulted in deaths in Sweden to be 8 times higher than in the other Nordic countries even though the population of Sweden compared to the other countries is only twice as high. The Swedish government has been under pressure from the public to explain their response to the pandemic, and this week, has appointed a new commission to investigate their handling of the pandemic. When asked directly if too many people in Sweden had died, Dr. Anders Tegnell, the epidemiologist and physician who is widely seen as the architect of the Swedish response, replied: “Yes, absolutely.” To date, according to Johns Hopkins University, 4,562 people in Sweden has died as a result of the novel coronavirus.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang