Sweden tops Europe COVID-19 deaths per capita over past week

Grant Boone
May 23, 2020

It aims to carry out the same number of tests every seven days over an eight-week period.

Sweden's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said the number was a "little lower" than expected "but not remarkably lower, maybe one or a couple of percent".

Sweden has revealed that despite adopting more relaxed measures to curb COVID-19, merely 7.3 per cent of Stockholm's inhabitants had developed Covid-19 antibodies by the end of April, according to recent study.

Herd immunity occurs when a large enough percentage of a population becomes immune to a virus, either through infection or vaccination, thus preventing further spread throughout the group.

The country has kept open schools, bars and restaurants and they have continued to allow gathering of up to 50 people. However, he asked people to refrain from making long journeys, placing an emphasis on personal responsibility. But authorities denied that achieving herd immunity was their goal.

The Swedish government has not explicitly said that it is aiming for herd immunity but has said that it wishes to slow the spread of the virus in order to ensure that the capacity of its health service is not breached. When that happens, the disease is less likely to spread to people who aren't immune, because there just aren't enough infectious carriers to reach them. H. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Chan School of Public Health, recently said Interview With The World of Public Radio International.

Many people who believe the lockdown implemented over many countries in Europe has been too strict have looked to Sweden as an example of why restrictions should be eased.

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National Institutes of Health found the vaccine protected against pneumonia but didn't eliminate the coronavirus in the nose. Adding: "There is uncertainty about how many cases there will be in the next three months".

According to Martin Kuba, the official Gehosisky region of the Czech Republic, a randomly selected mass test for coronavirus among the general public and frontline workers led to the initial results being "single digit percent" rather than "one percent fraction".

The UK, Belgium and the United States, have 5.57, 4.28 and 4.11 deaths per 1 million people whilst Sweden has 6.08 deaths per million.

Experts say at least 60% of a population needs to catch the virus before any protective immunity can be achieved.

The World Health Organization has warned against pinning hopes on herd immunity. "So, I do think it is valuable information, but we should not fully rely on it".

Defending the strategy, Health and Social Affairs Minister Lena Hellengren said most Swedes had voluntarily minimised their social interactions and movements outside the home. There has always been at least 20% of the ICU beds empty and able to take care of Covid patients.

Asked if Sweden's policy will help withstand the second wave, Teignel said he believes it will.

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