- Sweden’s chief epidemiologist admitted that although the country’s no-lockout policy will prevent another outbreak, the country is currently experiencing a second coronavirus epidemic.
- Tegnell has suggested that the number of cases in the fall will be “very low” compared to other European countries that have implemented blockades.
- However, the latest data shows that, relative to the size of the population, Sweden has higher numbers of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths than its neighbors.
- According to a Reuters report, Turner said: “We are now seeing communities spread in many areas at the same time.”
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Sweden’s chief epidemiologist admitted that although the country had previously implemented a no-lockout policy, it had previously predicted that the number of infections in the fall would be “quite low”, but the country is experiencing a second surge in coronavirus cases.
Anders Tegnell told the Financial Times in May: “Autumn will usher in a second wave. Sweden will enjoy higher immunity and the number of cases may be small.”
However, according to the Financial Times on Thursday, relative to the size of its population, the latest data show that Sweden has more infections, hospitalizations and deaths than its neighbors.
According to official data reported by Reuters, Sweden recorded 4,658 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, with a surge in new cases every day in recent weeks.
Hospitalization has also increased dramatically. The hospital has treated more than 1,000 COVID-19 patients, an increase of 60% from last week. These figures were reported by the national broadcaster STV and quoted by The Guardian.
If adjusted according to population size, Sweden’s coronavirus mortality rate is now one of the highest in the world.
Tnell is known for designing Sweden’s anti-lock-in policies, and he admitted this week that the country is seeing a large spread of the virus across the country.
According to Reuters, Tegner said at a press conference: “I think the definition is not that important, but we now see the community spreading in many areas at the same time.”
The Swedish public health agency also admitted that the large number of cases that occurred in the country in the first wave did not protect them in the second wave.
Sara Bifoss of the Swedish Public Health Agency told the Financial Times: “We have also seen that many other European countries that had a major impact in the spring have also been blocked, and now they have been blocked again, and now also Saw a big increase.”
“So it seems to follow this pattern. If you have a lot of cases in the spring, now you can also see a lot of cases… We don’t know why this happened.”
The Swedish government initially refused to take strict measures to deal with the coronavirus, relying only on voluntary guidance to try to contain the spread of infection.
However, the surge in infections has prompted the country to take tougher measures in recent weeks.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said the country has taken action to ban the sale of alcohol in bars and bars after 10pm. This week, Tegnell told Swedes that the government may be forced to impose travel restrictions across the country on Christmas Eve.