Sweden did not like to be included in a list of 11 countries in which “accelerated transmission” of SARS-CoV-2 infections “not only led to a significant resurgence, but, if left unattended, will again lead to health on the verge of rupture in Europe, ”according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Sweden is mentioned alongside Armenia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Kosovo.
The person responsible for monitoring the pandemic in Sweden, Anders Tegnell, classified the inclusion on the list as a “complete error” on the part of WHO, who did not take into account, he argued, that the number of tests has increased a lot, and this has also led to the detection greater number of infections. The Swedish healthcare system, he stressed, has never been on the brink of rupture and still is not.
WHO had previously come to speak of Sweden as a model for countries that were beginning to get out of confinement. Emergency expert Mike Ryan said at the end of April that “if we think we have to have a new normal, Sweden can be a model if we want to return to a society without confinement”.
Hans Henri Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, has now joined Sweden with countries that “are at risk of resurgence while adjusting measures.”
Anders Tegnell underlined to Swedish public radio that “the number of cases has increased since we started testing a lot more, last week”, and added: “we can look at all the other parameters that we measure, which is how many serious cases we have, and are decreasing ”.
The Swedish approach has led to much criticism, some accepted by Tegnell, who says that more measures should have been taken to protect the elderly. Along with the criticisms (the American daily New York Times said recently that the country is experiencing what it is like to be a “pariah state”), Stockholm’s policy has also been taken as an example by those who refuse isolation and confinement measures.
The country has the highest death rates per capita de covid-19, but Tegnell and other officials have argued that comparisons of both the number of infected and dead can only be made at the end of the pandemic.
According to Johns Hopkins University (USA), which compiles data from health authorities around the world, Sweden recorded 65,000 infections and 5280 deaths (alongside, Norway recorded 8,828 infections and 249 deaths).
There are several countries that started with good control, such as Israel, but where there are outbreaks and a significant increase in cases. In other countries, the WHO says that although there are outbreaks, they are being controlled, as in Germany or Italy.
The Swedish Government had promised an inquiry into the management of the pandemic when it ended, but announced that it would start doing so before that.