Lockdown-free Sweden now seeing ‘very optimistic’ coronavirus decline as nation’s well being chief slams masks as ‘pointless’

Lockdown-free Sweden now seeing ‘very positive’ coronavirus decline as country’s health chief slams masks as ‘pointless’

SWEDEN is seeing a “very optimistic” decline in coronavirus circumstances following a controversial determination not to enter lockdown, its high epidemiologist has mentioned.

Andres Tegnell known as present traits “promising” and mentioned he noticed “no level” in asking folks within the nation to put on a face masks.

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Sweden had by no means totally locked down throughout the pandemic, and is now seeing coronavirus circumstances falling[/caption]

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State epidemiologist Andres Tegnell known as present traits ‘promising’[/caption]


Some social distancing measures have been put in place[/caption]

Sweden has been an outlier in its response to the coronavirus and, in contrast to most international locations all over the world, by no means imposed a full lockdown.

Folks have been requested to make money working from home the place doable, keep away from pointless journey, and socially distance.

The federal government additionally banned gatherings of greater than 50 folks, banned visits to nursing residence, and closed secondary faculties and universities.

Main faculties have stayed open, partially to make sure extra healthcare employees may proceed going to work.

On the peak of the outbreak, the nation was seeing 1,800 circumstances of coronavirus identified per day, however that determine has now fallen into double digits.

There was hypothesis that the lighter-touch method will permit Sweden’s inhabitants to develop “herd immunity”, however the extent to which recovered coronavirus sufferers get pleasure from immunity stays unsure.

Talking to reporters in Stockholm on Tuesday, Tegnell mentioned: “The curves go down, and the curves over the severely ailing start to be very near zero.

“As a complete, it is rather optimistic.”

He additionally addressed the query of face masks, which the World Well being Organisation continues to advocate folks use when social distancing isn’t practicable.

“With numbers diminishing in a short time in Sweden, we see no level in carrying a face masks in Sweden, not even on public transport,” he mentioned.


Sweden’s dying toll, presently 5,702, has been excessive compared to neighbouring international locations of the same dimension.

None of Denmark, Norway, or Finland, every with a inhabitants roughly half that of Sweden, have seen their tolls rise above 1,000.

Lots of the European international locations which have begun to reopen their borders to overseas guests are nonetheless but to permit entry to folks travelling from Sweden.

The nation’s healthcare system additionally initially struggled to deal with the impression of the virus, with 45 folks at one level being admitted to intensive care every single day, although that determine has now fallen to solely a handful of individuals every week.

In circumstances per capita, Sweden now has the same price of an infection to the UK, and its authorities has argued that its technique might be simpler to take care of within the long-term.

Talking to Euronews this week, Jan Albert, a professor of infectious illness management on the Karolinska Institute and the writer of a latest examine on coronavirus in Sweden, mentioned that the difficulty of herd immunity remained a “massive unknown”.

“There are such a lot of unknown components about what number of truly develop antibodies and different sorts of immune responses after going by way of the illness, and what number of might be required to have had the illness in an effort to see herd immunity,” he mentioned.

Talking to Unherd about his nation’s response final week, Tegnell mentioned: “It’s higher to have a extra full dialogue round this in say 12 months, after subsequent summer time.

“Then I believe we will extra pretty decide what has been good in some international locations and unhealthy in different international locations.”

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Bars and eating places have continued to function in Sweden throughout the pandemic[/caption]