Coronavirus world: why isn’t Sweden blocked?

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The UK and many other European countries are locked out, so why not Sweden? (Photo: Mike Egerton / PA Wire)

Sweden is one of the few countries in the world that has yet to implement a large-scale lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Countries from Italy and Spain to Israel and South Africa have put in place lockdown measures to limit the scope of the pandemic, as the UK started its own lockout last week .

At the time of writing, there were 4,947 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country and 239 deaths from the virus according to Johns Hopkins University, which is a comparable number of deaths that the United Kingdom had seen there about two weeks old.

When much of the world is currently blocked to fight the spread of the virus, why doesn’t Sweden use the same strict methods?

Here is what the Prime Minister of the country and other experts said …

Why is Sweden not locked out?

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said: “We all, as individuals, must take responsibility. We cannot legislate and prohibit everything. It’s also a matter of common sense.

“We who are adults must be exactly that: adults. No panic or rumors. No one is alone in this crisis, but each person has a heavy responsibility. “

He also warned that there were “many difficult weeks and months ahead.”

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Although the country is not completely locked out at the time of writing, some measures are in place to control the spread of the virus.

Social distancing was recommended and gatherings were limited to a maximum of 50 people.

People have been told that they should work and study from home whenever possible, and bars and restaurants have been instructed to serve people who can fit in only if they are seated, rather than standing, to minimize overcrowding.

In The Telegraph, Iranian-Swedish author Nima Sanandaji said, “The advice of Swedish government agencies has been widely followed by the public, which reduces the need for strict bans. This may explain why Sweden has been slower than other European countries to ban public meetings. “

However, not all Swedish citizens are satisfied with the measures taken by the government.

A petition asking the Swedish government to implement tougher measures has been signed by more than 2,000 doctors, professors and scientists – one of whom is Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin, president of the Nobel Foundation.

Professor Cecilia Söderberg-Nauclér, researcher in viral immunology at the Karolinska Institute, had a clear opinion to give on the subject.

She is quoted in The Guardian as saying, “The government thinks it can’t stop it, so it decided to let people die.

“They don’t want to listen to the scientific data presented to them. They blindly trust the Public Health Agency, but the data at their disposal is weak – even embarrassing. “

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