Stockholm – Sweden’s king said his country had failed to deal with Kovid-19, in sharp criticism of an epidemic policy partly blamed for high mortality among the elderly.
“I believe we have failed,” Raja said in an excerpt of a program aired by SVT on Wednesday. The full show will air on 21 December.
Carl XVI Gustaf, whose son and daughter-in-law tested positive last month, used an annual royal Christmas TV special to highlight the virus’s growing influence, with rare interference from an emperor whose duties were largely But ceremonies take place.
Sweden has stood out from most countries with lockouts and face masks, leaving schools, restaurants and businesses largely open and relying mainly on voluntary social distance and hygiene recommendations to slow down the spread.
An official commission said on Tuesday that insufficient measures by the government and agencies due to systemic flaws in the care of the elderly contributed to the high mortality rate in Sweden’s nursing homes.
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“We’ve had a large number of deaths and it’s terrible. It’s the one thing that hurts us all.”
Sweden has recorded more than 7,800 deaths compared to its Nordic neighbors, much lower than in Britain, Italy, Spain or France, where all have opted for lockdown.
The 74-year-old king has no formal political power and is rarely commented on current and political issues, although he has addressed encouraging the nation during the outbreak.
In the spring, the government’s response to the pandemic was widely supported by Swords, which in general was very high, while most of Europe entered lockdown.
But the rising death toll – especially among elderly residents of care homes – has drawn increasing criticism.
Nearly one-third of Swades expressed high levels of officials’ confidence in dealing with the epidemic, which was less than 42 percent in March and 56 percent after the summer sluggish during infection, in a survey by Dagens Nyher. Was the peak of