Ever feel like the only difference between the New York Times and Washington Post is the name? [141] On 9 May, Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde said that although a decision about an extension was yet to be made, she made clear that travel wouldn't return to normal after 15 June. [145][50][146][147] The Swedish strategy was sometimes described as "lax", "laissez-faire", "unorthodox" or "radical", in some cases even as "extreme" or as "Russian roulette". Gävleborg, the region where Latifa Löfvenberg worked at the start of the pandemic, says individual patients' needs are always put first and that nurses can call doctors to make assessments about the need for hospital care. [176][177][178][148] Some foreign leaders have used Sweden as a warning example when defending their own strategy, including Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina, and US president Donald Trump who compared Sweden's higher death toll next to its neighbouring countries who had applied stricter measures, and said that "Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown". [149][151] Some reported that Sweden chose not to lock down to protect the economy. of the labor market, and for the insurers who are selling this service. Email us at btuserfeedback@sph.com.sg. I was about to come face-to-face with Sweden’s vaunted health care system. But representatives of care homes in other parts of Europe have told the BBC they do not share Swedish critics' concerns about a lack of access to treatment. Additionally, the Swedish state had several preparedness hospitals and Swedish schools were constructed to be converted into hospital units in case of a military conflict and with a total capacity of treating 125.000 patients, supported by a network of preparedness storages containing medicine and medical equipment. "Whatever they did didn't work, because... many, many people in his home are dead," she says. [163][164][165] The exception being the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats,[162] whose party leader Jimmie Åkesson called for school closings. From the start, the ACA was not meant to be the end point. Ben Shapiro Examines Hard Questions in New Book, ‘Plot to Change America’ Driven by Identity Politics, 3 Key Concepts That Woke ‘Anti-Racists’ Believe, Uncovering the Origins of Identity Politics. .css-gw44ni-IconContainer{display:inline-block;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}play.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Sweden’s strategy is largely working – chief epidemiologist, Lockdown, what lockdown? @KL_Pham. Subscribe to t.me/BizTimes. The numbers suggest a different story", "Talking Europe – Covid-19: 'We don't have a strategy of herd immunity,' Swedish FM tells France 24", "Swedish expert: why lockdowns are the wrong policy – The Post", "Smittskyddslag (2004:168) Svensk författningssamling 2004:2004:168 t.o.m. We have looked at a number of European Union countries to see whether they have published any analysis of the effects of these measures before they were started and we saw almost none.". . My wife’s uncle, his television and his living room all reside in Sweden, in a town called Eskilstuna, population 67,359, according to 2015 figures. [91][92][93] Telia, a Swedish multinational mobile network operator, did an analysis of mobile network data during the week of Easter, and found that most Swedes had followed the agency's recommendations to avoid unnecessary travels during the Easter holidays. "They suffocate to death. Mr Löfven said it wasn't currently the right time to reflect on potential failures, but a national commission would look at how things had been handled at a local, regional and national level as soon as the "acute" phase of the crisis was over. They provide nearly everything that a proponent of socialized health care could ask for—and yet each of these countries host a growing private health insurance sector. © 2020 BBC. Period.” That was the mantra that we heard over and over when the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being foisted upon the American people. The ban did not include gatherings in schools, workplaces, public transport, grocery stores or shopping malls, health clubs or private events. Some of those were critical of the foreign ministry, and were asking for help from the Swedish authorities. But as in many European countries, relatives, staff and union officials have shared concerns that protective clothing arrived too late, and that some staff may have gone to work at the start of the crisis despite showing symptoms of Covid-19. [46] He later said that the decision to close secondary schools might have been unnecessary, because it possibly had little effect in slowing the spread of the disease. One priority area is patient safety. Instead, he believed COVID-19 was something "we’re going to have to live with for a very long time". A paramedic working in Stockholm, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the BBC she had not had a single call-out to an elderly care home connected to Covid-19, despite putting in overtime during the crisis. [179][180] Some of the harshest criticism from outside Sweden was found in the Chinese paper Global Times, closely linked to the ruling Communist Party of China; it accused Sweden of having capitulated to the virus, calling the country 'a black hole' and called for the international community to condemn Sweden's actions. [127] On 6 March, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advised against all non-necessary trips to northern Italy, specifically the regions of Piemonte, Liguria, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Trentino-Südtirol, Valle d'Aosta, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Marche and Toscana.