Most of Europe is quarantined tightly in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but Sweden has a softer line, leaving primary schools, restaurants and bars open, encouraging people to go outside to breathe in.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven urged people in a Sunday televised speech “to take the responsibility”, Follow the recommendations of the government.
These include: if it is possible to work at home, stay at home, if you feel unwell, distance yourself from society, if you are at risk or older than 70 years, try to minimize social contacts and do not leave home.
Health authorities urged people to review travel and not visit relatives for Easter. But for many, life is close to normal.
Bars and restaurants were crowded on weekends, and Stockholm's city buses were packed at rush hour, despite distance recommendations.
To heated debate in the media about a clearly softened response to the coronavirus pandemic, Swedish politicians respond that the government will rely on experts from “Country public health agencies.”
On Monday, Sweden’s former state epidemiologist and current World Health Organization (WHO) adviser, Johan Gieseke, urged the Swedes to go out and enjoy the spring sun.
By the number of reported cases, Sweden does not seem to be in the worst situation since the announcement of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sweden reported 2,272 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on Tuesday, while Norway and Denmark reported 2,566 and 1,577 cases, respectively.
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