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Sweden’s coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ gamble backfires as examine reveals just one in 14 individuals in Stockholm have antibodies

Sweden’s coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ gamble backfires as study shows only one in 14 people in Stockholm have antibodies


JUST one in 14 Swedes have coronavirus antibodies, a examine has revealed, indicating the nation’s ‘herd immunity’ coverage has backfired.

The Swedish examine discovered simply 7.Three per cent of individuals within the capital Stockholm had developed Covid-19 antibodies by late April.

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Sweden has not applied a lockdown within the face of the coronavirus pandemic
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The nation’s controversial coverage of not implementing a lockdown in the course of the coronavirus outbreak was championed by Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who beneficial voluntary measures as an alternative.

As a substitute of proscribing individuals’s actions and shutting down companies and bars Sweden saved locations open.

The nation’s demise charges have been far increased than its Scandinavian counterparts however nonetheless decrease than some European nations corresponding to Britain, France and Italy, which applied a lockdown on the top of the outbreak.

Well being authorities in Sweden now say the outbreak is slowing because the variety of sufferers in intensive care has dropped by a 3rd from a peak in late April.

However over the previous seven days Sweden has recorded the very best variety of deaths per capita from Covid-19 in Europe.

The examine examined the potential of herd immunity to successfully cease the illness from spreading locally.

VOLUNTARY MEASURES TO TACKLE COVID-19

In keeping with the Swedish Well being Company on Wednesday, the findings have been roughly consistent with fashions predicting a 3rd of the Swedish capital’s inhabitants would have had the virus by now and the place at the least restricted herd immunity may have been established.

Tegnell mentioned: “It’s a little bit decrease (than anticipated) however not remarkably decrease, possibly one or a few p.c. It squares fairly nicely with the fashions we have now.”

He had beforehand predicted Sweden would have herd immunity by Might.

The examine examined round 1,100 exams from throughout the nation however solely figures from Stockholm have been printed.

Well being Company officers harassed although that herd immunity was not a aim in itself however a method to sluggish the virus spreading sufficient in order that well being staff may cope, moderately than suppress it utterly.

They added nations which had applied a lockdown confronted the potential for a second outbreak to flare up.

The World Well being Organisation (WHO) has warned in opposition to a herd immunity coverage.

It mentioned final week research from all over the world had discovered antibodies in solely 1-10 p.c of the inhabitants, outcomes consistent with latest findings in Spain and France.

Professor of Infectious Drugs at Uppsala College Bjorn Olsen has been a critic of Sweden’s response to the pandemic, calling it a “harmful and unrealistic” strategy to coping with Covid-19.

‘DANGEROUS AND UNREALISTIC’

He mentioned after the findings had been launched: “I believe herd immunity is a great distance off, if we ever attain it.”

Coronavirus testing in Sweden has largely been restricted to hospitalised circumstances and well being care staff with weekly testing working at lower than a 3rd of the federal government’s goal of 100,000, nicely beneath that of most western European nations.

Helen Gluckman, 55, wept  as she associated how her 83-year-old father died of a Covid-19 an infection contracted in a nursing dwelling after untested sufferers have been admitted there.

She mentioned: ‘We don’t know what’s going to occur when different nations open up, however proper now one can’t assist however assume Sweden has actually failed.

“There are greater than 3,000 lifeless now. That may be a horrible quantity.”

The variety of recorded circumstances in Sweden has now damaged the 30,000 mark with 3,831 deaths, greater than 3 times the mixed complete of Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

Olsen says Sweden has executed “too little, too late”.

Critics additionally say the federal government’s coverage has been catastrophic for the aged.


The federal government has defended its coverage saying Sweden’s per capita demise toll, which is now the very best on the earth, didn’t outcome from the shortage of a nationwide lockdown.

Well being and Social Affairs Minister Lena Hellengren mentioned most Swedes had voluntarily minimised their social interactions and actions exterior the house.

She mentioned: “The Swedes have actually modified their behaviour.”

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Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s prime virologist mentioned that he was ‘not satisfied’ by the nation’s unfastened measures[/caption]

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Stefan Lofven, the Social Democrat prime minister insists the nation’s strategy will repay in the long term[/caption]

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Individuals have been seen sipping drinks within the sunshine in Stockholm[/caption]

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Eating places and bars have remained open, regardless of the nation’s demise toll[/caption]

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Residents have been inspired to social distance[/caption]

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