Sweden's most important advisor in dealing with the corona pandemic, state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, has for the first time self-critically commented on the Swedish way of dealing with the corona crisis. Sweden should have taken more measures in the fight against the spread of the corona virus right from the start, Tegnell said in an interview with the Swedish radio. "I believe that there is certainly room for improvement in what we did in Sweden, of course. And it would have been good if you had known more exactly what to do to better prevent the spread of infection." Too many Swedes died too soon.
According to Tegnell, if one were to come across the same disease with the current state of knowledge, the correct path would lie between the Swedish and the one that the rest of the world had taken. It is difficult to say which measures in other countries would have had the greatest effect against the coronavirus pandemic, since these countries had taken many measures at the same time.
Tegnell is responsible for the Swedish strategy against the pandemic. Sweden had taken much more permissive measures than Germany or the rest of Europe. Schools, restaurants or shops, for example, were never closed, the assembly ban is limited to a maximum of 50 participants, an entry ban only applies to non-EU citizens.
Many in the country approved the chosen path, but gradually the criticism increased - above all because the infection and death rate per inhabitant in Sweden is still high compared to the rest of Scandinavia and also to Germany. So far, almost 4,500 people with Corona infection have died in the country with its slightly more than ten million inhabitants. So far, around 39,000 people have tested positive for the virus.