Sweden has recorded its lowest number of daily Covid-19 cases since the peak of the pandemic in March.
The Scandinavian country, initially criticized for not having implemented a lockout, now has far fewer cases than other European hotspots.
Its seven-day moving average was 108 on Tuesday, its lowest number since March 13.
Sweden has recorded the fewest daily cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic peaked in March
Stockholm, pictured in May with the rest of Europe in lockdown, opted for a light approach
Its seven-day average for coronavirus-related deaths is zero.
According to The Guardian, only 1.2% of the 120,000 Swedish tests last week came back positive, according to broadcasts from their national health agency.
Their cumulative total of new cases over 14 days is 22.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 279 in Spain, 158.5 in France, 118 in the Czech Republic, 77 in Belgium and 59 in the United Kingdom.
All of those countries imposed pandemic-plagued lockdowns in March, but Sweden opted for a lighter approach that now appears to be paying off.
It even outperforms its Scandinavian neighbors, Norway and Denmark, which suggests their approach may have helped them in the long run.
The Scandinavian country, initially criticized for failing to implement a lockout, now sees far fewer cases than other European hotspots
Sweden has kept schools open for children under 16, banned gatherings of more than 50 people, and called on those over 70 and vulnerable groups to isolate themselves.
Shops, bars and restaurants have remained open throughout the pandemic and the wearing of masks has not been advised by the government.
In Sweden, the death rate has been falling steadily since April despite a peak in cases in the summer – the country’s leading epidemiologist saying deaths can be kept low without drastic lockdowns.
France recorded its highest ever spike in cases with more than 10,000 cases on Saturday, but deaths are nowhere near the peak in mid-April and the country’s prime minister says he must “be successful in living with this virus Without going back to lockout.
Current infection rates in Europe according to the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), with Spain and France among the countries most affected by the recent rebound
In the United States, cases reached record levels in July and August after the first wave receded – but death rates in summer hot spots such as Texas and Florida were much lower than in New York, where the virus hit hardest in the spring.
Cases peaked in Sweden in the second half of June, when certain days saw more than 1,000 infections – but the death toll continued to fall regardless.
Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has become the face of the no-lockdown strategy, said in a recent interview that voluntary hygiene measures had been “just as effective” as full closures.
“The rapid decline in cases that we are currently seeing in Sweden is another indication that you can drastically reduce the number of cases in a country without having a full lockdown,” he told Unherd.
Tegnell added that “deaths are not that closely related to the number of cases you have in a country,” saying the death rate was more closely related to the infection of older people and the capacity of the health system. to face it.
“These things will have a much bigger influence on mortality, I think, than on the actual spread of the disease,” he said.
Meanwhile, Swedish economic activity has started to pick up and the effects of the recession appear less severe than previously feared.