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After Months of Condemnation for No Lockdown, Sweden's COVID Deaths Drop to Near-Zero

Calvin Freiburger : Aug 12, 2020  LifeSiteNews.com

Unlike many nations, Sweden never shut down its schools or economy and did not restrict individual freedoms to nearly the degree seen in the United States and much of Europe.

(Sweden) — [LifeSiteNews.com] As heated debate continues over the emergency measures taken around the world to limit the spread of COVID-19, new data suggest Sweden's oft-derided approach of not locking down may have paid off in the long run. (Image: Unsplash-Daniel Norin)

The country of 10 million people have seen a total of 82,972 infections and 5,766 deaths. Unlike many nations, it never shut down its schools or economy and did not restrict individual freedoms to nearly the degree seen in the United States and much of Europe.

Sweden's leaders faced a steady drumbeat of international condemnation as deaths curved upward from April through June, though the curve flattened in July. Daily deaths fell to the low thirties in mid June, and have been in single digits since July 20.

In April, Swedish epidemiologist Anders Tegnell explained to Nature magazine that Sweden started from the understanding that COVID-19 "is not a disease that can be stopped or eradicated...until a working vaccine is produced," and that widespread lockdowns would be incompatible with Swedish laws, which "are mostly based on voluntary measures—on individual responsibility."

"Closedown, lockdown, closing borders—nothing has a historical scientific basis, in my view," Tegnell said. "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"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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