The epidemiologist Swedish Anders Tegnell, the public health Agency, acknowledged on Wednesday that the more flexible approach adopted by the scandinavian kingdom to contain the spread of the new coronavirus could be improved.
Anders Tegnell, often presented as the face of the strategy the Swedish fight against the virus, however, has defended the decision not to impose confinement as in many european countries.
“If we were to experience the same disease with everything we now know about it, I think we would end up by doing something between Sweden and the rest of the world have done,” said the epidemiologist, on the airwaves of the public radio in sweden.
On Wednesday, 38 589 cases of coronavirus had been detected in the country since the beginning of the crisis, and 4 of 468 people have died of the disease, according to health authorities, a death described by Mr. Tegnell as “really” too high.
The professional says, however, not be sure if the introduction of additional measures (and which) would have made the difference.
“It would be nice to know more precisely what must stop in order to better prevent the spread of infection,” he explained.
The scandinavian country has maintained open schools (for children under the age of sixteen years), cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses, asking everyone to observe the recommendations of social distancing and ” take its responsibilities “.
The population has been encouraged to take work home, limit contact, and to wash their hands regularly.
The only major constraints, gatherings of more than 50 people have been prohibited, as are visits to the retirement homes.
The Swedish authorities continue to defend their model, and speak to the relevant measures on the long-term, repeating in the media that the fight against the virus is a ” marathon, not a sprint “.
This approach has led to a wave of criticism, both from within the country and outside, at a time when the number of deaths has greatly exceeded those of the neighbouring nordic countries, which have all imposed restrictive measures.