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Sweden loosens corona grip after successful week: ‘The Swedes have little fortunate cracked the code’


The Swedish state epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, has been right that the Swedes’ strategy is good, according to an expert.

In this country, we are currently tightening up on what we can and cannot do because of coronavirus.

But with our Swedish neighbors, the story is a bit different. The relatively few rules that are in place are being loosened, and from 1 October, a ban on visiting the elderly in care will be lifted.

Week by week, the infection has decreased in Sweden, while the development points in the other direction with us.

The big difference is due to the fact that the Swedes’ otherwise frequently criticized strategy has proven to work, and they are seriously feeling the consequences of this now.

This is the assessment in P1 Morgen from Lone Simonsen, who is a professor and pandemic researcher at Roskilde University.

– It seems that Sweden has found a sustainable strategy, where it keeps getting better and better week by week, while many other countries are struggling with a different wave.

– The Swedes have not had the major outbreaks that we have experienced in Denmark. They have simply run a quiet strategy where the infection has slowly gone down, she says.

A large part of the infection in Sweden is currently concentrated in the region of Västra Götaland in the western part of the country, while a large number of Swedish regions have registered fewer than 20 cases in the last two weeks.

Tegnell should be praised

Sweden has at no time been under an extensive shutdown as in many other countries, and the Swedish strategy has received massive criticism from other countries, and also from researchers in Sweden, among others.

But state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has been on target for the strategy during the entire pandemic, must now be praised, Lone Simonsen believes.


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