The health expert behind Sweden's no-lockdown strategy Covid-19 has been rejected by the government as the number of coronavirus deaths in the country continues to rise.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's press conference was held on Thursday and clashed with that of Anders Tegnell, the architect of the country's liberal approach to the outbreak.
It follows Sweden, who admits it hasn't seen any signs of herd immunity slowing the spread of Covid-19 as new infections rise.
Dr. Tegnell had previously claimed that Sweden would do better than other countries in the second wave after building higher levels of immunity.
A total of 6,622 people have died with Covid-19 in the country, a per capita amount far higher than that of neighbors Norway, Denmark and Finland, which opted for stricter lockdowns in the spring, but lower than a handful of larger European ones Nations.
A total of 6,622 people died with Covid-19 in Sweden, a per capita figure that is higher than that of neighbors Norway, Denmark and Finland, who opted for stricter bans in the spring
Sweden registered 5,841 new cases on Thursday. The country has admitted it hasn't seen any signs of herd immunity, which is slowing the spread of Covid-19 as new infections rise
Sweden recorded 5,841 new cases and 67 deaths on Thursday.
Nicholas Aylott, Associate Politics Professor at Södertorn University in Stockholm, told The Telegraph: “There is certainly a split, and I'm pretty sure many government officials have tended to lose confidence in the health department.
"In some ways, we now have exactly the same spread of the virus as we did in the spring, and that's about as clear as you can possibly wish to refute Tegnell's strategy."
However, tightened restrictions since mid-October may have helped slow the spread of the disease. According to the health department, the infections could peak in the coming weeks.
Johan Carlson, head of the health department, said at a press conference: "We are optimistic that we can influence the development of the pandemic in this way."
However, he cautioned that the scenario his agency modeled was not a forecast and relied on recommendations from the public. "If we don't get it the way we expect, we won't have this development, we will have a worse development."
Anders Tegnell (pictured above, October 13th) had previously claimed that Sweden would do better than other countries in the second wave after building up herd immunity
A Covid-19 test will be handed out from a car in a parking lot of a train station in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday while people suffering from symptoms take a test themselves in their vehicle
The agency said the current pace of new cases is slower than that predicted by its model, but this could be because testing, overwhelmed in some regions, has failed to keep up with the virus as it spreads.
The government has given the agency the job of modeling how the pandemic will evolve to help authorities and health services plan it.
The agency has been criticized in Swedish media for being inaccurate in its previous modeling attempts, for example to predict that the country would not face a broad second wave of infections in the fall.
The current scenario is based on infections reported between August 24th and November 6th and other variables.
Last week, Dr. Tegnell admit that Sweden is fighting a second wave of the virus, having previously downplayed the risk.
A sign that reads "Please be considerate!" Wait for the next bus, train or ferry when the one arriving on November 19 at Stockholm Metro Station in Sweden is overcrowded
In 17 of Sweden's 21 regions, stricter restrictions have been imposed by the State Health Agency and Dr. Tegnell and a curfew from 10 p.m. for bars and pubs.
“It's a different situation than in the spring, when it was more local. Now we have a fellowship that is spread across many regions at the same time, which is part of the reason we're seeing such high numbers, ”he said.
Despite the rising numbers and increasing criticism, Dr. Tegnell on November 13 that Sweden remains steadfast in its approach to the pandemic.
In August, Tegnell attributed low infection rates to the development of herd immunity to the virus developed during the first wave in the spring, when Sweden's bright approach was blamed for one of the world's highest per capita death rates.
"The number of people we can't find with diagnostics is very likely less than we thought," he admitted last week.
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