Swedish PM defends his government Covid-19 strategyEuropost
Sweden has chosen the right strategy in fighting the spread of the new coronavirus, PM Stefan Lofven said, defending his government’s decision not to adopt a strict lockdown as many European countries have done, news wires reported. “The strategy that we adopted, I believe is right - to protect individuals, limit the spread of the infection, etc,” he pointed out.
More than 5,800 Swedes have died of Covid-19, a much higher death rate than in neighbouring Norway, Denmark and Finland which adopted much tougher measures, leading many to question the government’s approach. But Lofven said Sweden had made the correct choice. “What has been discussed most, and what we did differently in Sweden, was that we did not close schools. Now there are quite a few people who think we were right,” the PM insisted.
While many countries enforced strict lockdowns, Sweden has relied mainly on voluntary measures focused on social distancing, though public gatherings have been limited and care homes, which saw a heavy death toll, quarantined. While Sweden has seen more fatalities than its neighbours, it has not been as badly hit as countries like Britain and Spain, which adopted much stricter lockdown measures.
Furthermore, while many parts of Europe are seeing a pick up in new cases as they gradually loosen restrictions on travel and social interactions, Sweden has seen a decline in both infections and deaths in recent weeks.