It’s been three months since Sweden recorded just over 800 cases of the new coronavirus.
But after months of no major increases and low hospitalization rates, COVID-19 cases are on the rise again.
While the Scandinavian country has come under fire for its controversial approach to the Coronavirus, it has recorded fewer deaths per day than most other countries – including Australia.
Sweden has chosen to ignore calls for tight lockdowns and have kept most schools, bars and restaurants open throughout the pandemic.
Even as cases soared as 752 people tested positive on Thursday – the highest daily rise since June 30 – there wasn’t a single death.
Chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, the man behind Sweden’s controversial strategy, said the increase was mostly in youth and workplace outbreaks.
“It is unevenly spread throughout Sweden, and it has hit different parts of the country to varying degrees,” he said.
“Stockholm is once again accounting for a very large portion of new cases in Sweden.”
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Mr Tegnell recently indicated that as Sweden has switched from being one of the countries in Europe with the greatest spread of the virus, to a country with few cases in Europe, the numbers could always go up.
Its death rate per capita is several times higher than in other Scandinavian countries, but it is lower than the likes of Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom despite being locked down.
This marks a shift for the country, which had one of the highest death rates in the world per capita during its spring, with 5,893 deaths.
Just days ago, the media reported how Sweden appears to have contained the virus scourge with one of the lowest rates of daily new cases in Europe.
The experts were declaring that the epidemic there was basically over.
The average number of new cases in Sweden has been just over 200 a day for several weeks.
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Kim Snipin, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, said the country had overcome the virus with herd immunity.
He said: “There is some evidence that the Swedes have acquired a degree of immunity to the virus which, along with what they do to stop its spread, is sufficient to control the disease.” Policy Newspaper.
It is an idea that Mr. Tegnell has repeatedly denied, although he has indicated that immunity is being demonstrated.
“We are happy that the number of cases is dropping rapidly and we think that the immunity of the population has something to do with that,” he said.
“Hopefully, immunity in the population will help us contemplate this fall with low-level cases.”
With the number of cases rising elsewhere, there has been a return to restrictions, albeit not that difficult.
Experts say that countries refer to the book of Sweden.
“Today, all European countries follow to some extent the Swedish model, along with the testing, tracing and quarantine procedures introduced by the Germans,” said Antoine Flahault, director of the World Health Institute. New York times.
Instead, they made a caricature of Swedish strategy. Almost everyone described him as inhuman and a failure. ”
Flahholt warned that there was a major flaw in the Swedish approach – not wearing masks.
He said: “This could be a major flaw in the Swedish strategy if masks prove to be effective and important in fighting the epidemic.”
Alan Randrup Thompson, professor of virology at Aarhus University, said recently that it cannot be ruled out that Sweden will be set on fire.
However, voluntary social distancing is something she sticks to.
Because of that, Sweden’s economy contracted by 9 per cent in the first months of the epidemic, compared to 20 per cent in Britain.