Giving faith in the freedom defended by the conservatives rather than the security defended by the liberals in the world, Sweden continues a downward trend in COVID-19 cases after a much debated approach has kept large parts of open society during the coronavirus pandemic.
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“The curves go down and the curves on seriously ill people start to be very close to zero. Overall, it’s very positive, ”said Swedish chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.
As coronavirus cases increase in Europe, Sweden, which had called on its people to take personal responsibility instead of ordering government-mandated lockdowns, reported only two new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the confirmed death toll to 5702.
“With the numbers declining very rapidly in Sweden, we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” Tegnell said.
Swedish officials have refused to implement stringent lockdown measures widely adopted in Europe. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for young children remained open. The Swedish government has encouraged social distancing, and citizens have largely complied with it.
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“We have actually observed a clear downward trend in the number of intensive care patients and also the number of deaths since mid-April,” said Anna Mia Ekström, clinical professor of global infectious disease epidemiology at the Karolinksa Institute in Stockholm.
There have been nearly 80,000 cases in the country of 10 million people.
“We now see one or two deaths a day and very few people admitted to ICUs (intensive care units),” added Jan Albert, professor of infectious disease control at the Karolinska Institute.
“We are much better off now than in April,” he told Euronews.
Albert has acknowledged that medical professionals are working in uncharted territory with the virus.
He concluded: “We know that we have had more cases in Sweden than for example in Norway and Denmark and Finland, our neighboring countries, a lot more. But whether that means we are on the road to collective immunity is a big unknown. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.