Sweden’s government defended its response to the COVID-19 global pandemic on Tuesday in spite of the Scandinavian nation now reporting among the highest death rates in the world with 4,125 fatalities, or about 40 deaths per 100,000 people.
” Transmission is slowing down, the treatment of COVID-19 patients in extensive care is reducing substantially, and the rising death toll curve has actually been flattened,” Foreign Minister Ann Linde informed foreign correspondents at a rundown in Stockholm. “There is no full lockdown of Sweden, but numerous parts of the Swedish society have actually shut down.”
More than 76,000 people have actually been made redundant since the outbreak of the illness and joblessness, which now stands at 7.9%, is expected to climb higher.
Sweden took a fairly soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that drew in worldwide attention. Large events were banned, however dining establishments and schools for more youthful children have remained open. The federal government has actually advised social distancing, and Swedes have mainly complied.
But challengers to the federal government’s technique got a prominent voice today after the country’s former state epidemiologist, Annika Linde, expressed doubt about the technique embraced by the Swedish health authority. She said that in retrospect she thinks an early lockdown could have conserved lives.
” Probably, we would still be a bit worse off (than other Nordic countries), but better off than we are now, and we would possibly have gained time to prepare the technique to secure the senior,” she informed The Associated Press in a phone interview on Monday.
Sweden’s epidemiologist from 2005 to 2013, Linde headed the nation’s reaction to swine influenza and SARS and states she felt provoked by remarks from a leading member of the health firm declaring Sweden’s technique was the best on the planet, regardless of the variety of deaths.
” I felt this can’t go on,” she told the AP. “Such a rejection might avoid us from acting reasonably.”
Sweden’s health policy is generally based upon suggestions provided by medical authorities and followed by the political management. However as the death toll mounts, Linde believes elected officials would have been more cautious in running the risk of the lives of citizens.
” In retrospect, I think it would have been worthwhile trying the method of Denmark, Norway and Iceland and Finland,” she stated.
Yet for the Swedish government, it’s still too early to inform what steps have actually worked and which have stopped working.
” This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” Foreign Minister Ann Linde stated. “It’s an advantage that lots of specialists are saying what they believe. We have freedom of speech in Sweden,” when inquired about Annika Linde’s remarks.
The foreign minister said that the government would not think twice to alter Sweden’s policy “if we think that will be necessary.”
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