Sweden, which has not decided to lock down the country and only then tightened its coronavirus restrictions, has the largest number of Covid-19 cases compared to the population in Europe. The country is threatened with isolation. “We did not have such strict restrictions as other countries,” – said in “Dagens Nyheter” Swedish former epidemiologist Anika Linde.
In Sweden, there are 580 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 residents. Other countries with high prevalence of coronavirus: Lithuania (564 cases per 100,000), Latvia (441), France (334), Estonia (313). For comparison, this ratio for Poland is 129.
While the number of new infections has decreased several times in recent weeks in most European countries, the curve for Covid-19 infection remains high in Sweden, with daily confirmation of more than 4.5 thousand. Up to 6000 cases.
According to earlier forecasts from the Public Health Office, the situation was due to improve at the beginning of May, but not improved. The government has pushed back the restrictions twice. The deadline is June 1, if the epidemiological situation allows.
Swedes who plan their holidays are impatientEspecially since their neighbors from Norway and Denmark are enjoying lifting restrictions and planning holidays, although, unlike Sweden, they have had to live properly in confinement for several months.
When the country’s chief epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, was asked at press conferences why Sweden was not feeling a clear improvement, he replied that it was a “lagging curve”.
A slightly different explanation for the lack of improvement has been offered by the Swedish chief epidemiologist Anika Linde, who believes that the statement that “Sweden is lagging behind in the development of the epidemic” is only part of the truth. “We did not have such strict restrictions as other countries– She said in “Dagens Nyheter”.
While the European Union is working on a vaccine passport and opening the borders, Sweden may remain a “high risk” country during the summer vacation.