Health officials in Sweden, who did not want to respond to the first wave of Kovid-19 with a national lockdown, misinterpreted the virus’s resurgent power, the country’s prime minister said, with the Independent Commission criticizing the country’s strategy.
“I think most people in the profession have never seen such a wave in front of them; They talked about different clusters, “the prime minister, Stefan L লfven, told the Swedish Aftonblad newspaper on Tuesday.
Sweden, like other nations, has become dependent on the civic duty of its citizens, forcing lockdowns for the way it has handled the epidemic among European and other countries.
However, in a country of more than 100 million people, 341,029 infections and 7,667 viral deaths have been confirmed, far more than neighboring Norway, Finland and Denmark.
During the summer, Sweden’s left-wing minority government said the commission would be appointed once the crisis was over, but was under pressure to act quickly.
The commission said in its report that the country’s strategy to protect the elderly had partially failed and its chief stressed that current and previous governments would bear “ultimate responsibility” for the situation.
Mats Melin, president of the commission, told a news conference that Sweden had major structural defects in the care of the elderly and that the country was unprepared and ill to meet the epidemic. The commission further considered that various measures taken in the spring were late and inadequate.
Melin said the responsibility for structural flaws in Sweden’s healthcare system could be shifted to a number of authorities and agencies.
“But we still want to say that the government runs the government and the ultimate responsibility rests with the government and previous governments,” Melin said.
Sweden’s statistics agency said on Monday that it had recorded a total of 8,08 deaths from all causes in November – the highest death toll ever since the first year of the Spanish flu from 1917 to 1990. The country of Scandinavia says 1,16,600 people died in November 1968, according to Thomas Johansson of Sweden.
The government of Laffven and chief epidemiologist Anders Tognell have defended the controversial coronavirus strategy, even though Sweden has one of the world’s highest per capita Kovid-19 deaths.
Authorities have advised people to practice social distance, although schools, bars and restaurants have been kept open all the time, and people have been urged to focus on good health and social distance to prevent the outbreak.
Nevertheless, authorities, including Tognell, have been criticized for failing to protect elderly and nursing home residents – and some have apologized.
The commission’s report on Tuesday said that Sweden’s Nordic neighbors had paid more attention to the care of senior citizens during the epidemic.
“In other Nordic countries … authorities caring for the elderly seem to be more focused on the primary epidemic system,” the report said.
In the autumn Sweden saw a rapid increase in new coronavirus cases that shrunk its healthcare system. The infection has spread rapidly among medical workers, with the government pushing for more restrictions, including a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants after 10pm.
Sweden has so far imposed its strict virus restrictions, banning gatherings of more than eight people.