The second wave of coronavirus already affects to a greater or lesser extent all European countries, including the Nordic ones, except for one: Sweden. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has followed a very different strategy from the rest, and the next October 1st It will lift the few restrictive measures that it had implemented, such as the prohibition of visiting residences or the limits on meetings of more than 50 people.
The head of the Swedish Public Health Agency, Anders Tegnell, is the person behind this strategy, more lax than other neighboring Nordic countries and controversial, especially at times of greatest incidence of the pandemic, since the numbers of infections and mortality they were superior to those of other countries in the region that had taken measures.
Unlike its neighbors, the Swedish health authorities have not issued no recommendation regarding the use of masks and they have always favored calls for individual responsibility instead of dictating restrictions. “It’s about telling people that they should maintain social distance, wash their hands frequently, stay at home and isolate themselves if they feel unwell. When the government released those recommendations in mid-March, the number of contact infections fell 70%“, maintains the Swedish epidemiologist Johan Giesecke, along the same lines as Tegnell.
According to Giesecke, Sweden has not had the need to introduce “emergency laws” because “people have continued to do so” and, actually, “the good thing” is that “we haven’t changed anything in six months, while other countries have activated and deactivated confinements and restrictions. “
Since the beginning of the pandemic they have been verified in Sweden more than 90,000 infections with SARS-CoV-2, while the number of fatalities exceeds 5,800. However, the number of daily infections continues to be low and that second wave that has already fully entered Europe seems to pass by, for now, in Sweden, remember ABC.
Although the death toll is significantly higher than that of other countries that did apply measures at the time, such as Denmark – with more than 640 deaths and 26,000 infections – Tegnell maintains the same strategy and it resists to change it, although this week it recognized a worsening in the capital, Stockholm, and has asserted that if the tendency persists it will be necessary to think about “local restrictions” for the city.