Data is showing that Sweden got their coronavirus approach ‘badly wrong’, according to Professor Luke O’Neill.
The professor of biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin says the Irish health system ‘couldn’t have coped’ if we took the same approach as Sweden.
Unlike most other countries – including its Nordic neighbours – the Swedish government didn’t implement a sweeping lockdown to try to curb the virus spreading.
Most school children – except for those in the final years of secondary school – have continued going to school, while shops, restaurants and bars have remained open.
The country has now recorded more than 56,000 cases of the virus and over 5,000 deaths.
Speaking about the Swedish situation The Pat Kenny Show, Prof O’Neill said that “sadly for them, they got it badly wrong”.
He explained: “Sweden didn’t close [most of] its schools, it allowed gatherings of up to 50 people, it did recommend ‘stay home’ but it wasn’t a stringent thing… unlike the other Nordic countries where they imposed a much more strict lockdown.
“They were aiming for this herd immunity thing… they were hoping to get to 65%