In Sweden, where the authorities have refused to impose strict quarantine measures in the fight against the spread of coronavirus, there has been a decline in the number of new infections, while in other European countries, on the contrary, an increase in the number of infected people has been recorded in recent days. This is reported by Newsweek.
Thus, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), as of July 29, the number of new infections in Sweden per 100,000 population has decreased by 54 percent over the past 14 days. The average daily number of infected people in the country has also been declining over the past month. The number of fatal cases recorded every day is also decreasing: if 115 deaths from coronavirus were registered in the country on April 15, then only two were registered on July 29.
At the same time, in other European countries, the incidence has started to grow again after a temporary decline. For example, in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, the number of new cases increased by 40-200 percent over the past month.
As Sweden's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said earlier, these figures show that the country's strategy to fight the coronavirus has been вЂњlargely successful.вЂќ According to him, the Swedish authorities did not introduce official restrictive measures, but residents of the country on their own initiative reduced the intensity of their social contacts and observed a number of precautions. In the end, Sweden's policies were as effective as those of other countries that had strict restrictions.
According to the latest data, just over 80 thousand cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Sweden. During the entire period of the epidemic, 5739 people died in the country. Currently, the country ranks eighth in the world in the number of deaths from coronavirus per 100,000 population.
Earlier in July, it was reported that Swedish businesses managed to avoid mass bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite the forecasts of critics who predicted the country's economy would collapse. According to analysts, this was the result of Sweden's refusal to quarantine.