Sweden has recorded the lowest rate of positive coronavirus tests since the outbreak of the epidemic, despite the country never having a full-scale lockout.
The Scandinavian country’s health agency said that 1.2% (just over 1,300) of the 120,000 COVID-19 tests conducted last week came positive, down from 19% seen during a few weeks in the spring, Reuters reports.
The news comes in the form of European states, including those such as France and Spain, which imposed restrictive lockdowns on their populations, with an increasing number of infections.
Sweden emphasized personal responsibility, social distinction and good hygiene as it tried to slow down rather than eliminate the virus, and World Health Organization officials said it was a sustainable approach.
However, the strategy sparked criticism within Sweden and abroad as deaths rose during the spring, and 5,800 plagues per capita are much higher than in its neighboring countries, but lower than those in Britain, Spain and Italy.
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According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 85,000 cases have been reported in the country since its outbreak began.
Now, deaths, hospital admissions and new cases have fallen to a low level.
Jonas Ludwigsen, professor of epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute, said Sweden likely had a higher level of immunity in its population than other countries.
“Our strategy has been consistent and sustainable. We probably have a lower risk of spread here than in other countries, ”he said.
However, this approach has been criticized, including an editorial. Dagens Nutter The newspaper said that those who praised Sweden’s strategy had forgotten the deaths, adding that the death toll was five times higher than in Denmark.
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