A commission appointed by the government has said that Sweden’s interventions at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic were insufficient to prevent the spread of the virus, and the state’s preparedness was substandard.
The commission investigating the government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic has issued a scathing interim report, accusing the state of introducing measures too late to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
“Sweden’s handling of the pandemic has been marked by a slowness of response,”The commission added that “the initial disease prevention and control measures were insufficient to stop or even substantially limit the spread of the virus in the country.”
The commission also contended that it had taken “far too long”it was difficult to develop sufficient testing capabilities as only a few groups (e.g., health staff) were initially able to be tested.
Sweden tried to avoid lockdown and added more restrictions during the subsequent waves of the pandemic. Sweden had approximately 15,000 cases of the virus and this is significantly more than their Nordic neighbours who were able to lock down faster.
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This strategy was a reflection of the long-defunct Great Barrington Declaration. It caused controversy at home as well as abroad. Preventative measures were abandoned in favour of allowing the public to decide for themselves.
Many people were impressed by the idea and saw it as more practical. Some also predicted that natural herd immunity will eventually reduce the spread.
Although the commission’s final report will be published in 2022, the interim reports were harshly critical of government. The commission is not legally empowered to make its findings public.
Nearly all Covid-19 Measures have been abolished in Sweden.
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