Sweden justifies ‘classic pandemic’ model it followed – 9News

Swedish expert Anders Tegnell says his country followed a “classic pandemic model” strategy on COVID-19 as recognised by international colleagues for 20 years.

Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, who is largely behind the approach of keeping large parts of the country open during the coronavirus pandemic, says he was surprised to see other European Union countries close their borders.

People chat and drink outside a bar in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden is pursuing relatively liberal policies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
People chat and drink outside a bar in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden is pursuing relatively liberal policies to fight the coronavirus pandemic. (AP)

Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist for Sweden’s Public Health Agency, described his country’s strategy in a program by Swedish public radio channel Sveriges Radio P1 as a “classic pandemic model” that he had been discussing with international colleagues for 20 years.

Tegnell said “it was as if the world went crazy and everything we discussed seemed completely forgotten”.

Sweden, a country of 10 million people, has so far recorded 62,324 coronavirus cases and 5209 deaths.

The number of deaths is far more than its Nordic neighbours and one of the highest per capita death rates in the world.

Denmark has had 603 coronavirus deaths, Finland has seen 327 and Norway
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