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.
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”.
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