Sweden’s strategy to introduce soft restrictions as a response to the coronavirus pandemic should be a model for other countries in the long term. This was stated by the special envoy of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. David Nabarro, in an interview with the New Zealand radio station Magic.
According to Nabarro, the key to defeating COVID-19 is trust between the authorities and the population. He cited Sweden as an example. “In Sweden, the government was able to trust the public, and the public was able to trust the government,” Nabarro explained.
He called the approach of the authorities of the European country to fight the spread of the coronavirus correct and correctly perceived by the population. Stockholm, according to Nabarro, relied on the consciousness of citizens and did not introduce strict quarantine measures. Other countries should follow the same policy in the future.
According to the WHO special envoy, strict quarantine is a “crude tool” that seriously affects the income of people and small businesses.
In June, New Zealand Professor Michael Baker said that Sweden made a mistake by refusing to impose a full quarantine. The authorities ‘ actions were based on two hypotheses: the ability to protect the most vulnerable groups of citizens and the rapid acquisition of collective immunity by the population. Both hypotheses, according to Baker, were wrong.
Later, experts interviewed by Bloomberg concluded that the Swedish economy benefited more as a result of the authorities ‘ rejection of strict restrictive measures in February-May 2020.
According to David Oxley, an expert from Capital Economics, the decline in the country’s GDP will be around 7%. In comparison, the economies of other European countries show a drop of up to 30%.
In July, at the request of the opposition, a special Commission was set up in Sweden to assess the actions of the authorities during the COVID-19 epidemic. According to the American Johns Hopkins University, by September 1, the country recorded more than 84 thousand cases of coronavirus infection. 5,8 thousand people died. In neighboring Denmark, more than 17 thousand people were infected, 624 died