Relaxed Sweden remained most ‘normal’ European country during lockdown

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When their deaths and cases were on the way up, we were constantly told just how dangerous their strategy was.

But now the numbers are going in the opposite direction to virtually everybody else’s, we never hear about it.

Why is that? The Swedes are a sensible bunch and they’ve clearly decided not to be consumed with fear of the virus, aiming for a more balanced yet disciplined approach.

Their strategy has been far from perfect, they will be the first to admit.

Mistakes were made, such as not protecting care homes.

But their numbers now warrant a serious discussion about how they have achieved what seems to be success.

Spain and France, two countries that locked down the hardest, are now experiencing a dramatic rise in infections.

Politicians are openly talking about the idea of a two-week lockdown in October. Are they really sure we’re following the right policy?

Every country is different and Sweden is no exception. I’m not suggesting we follow their strategy exactly, but I think it at least warrants a debate.

Groupthink is counterproductive and has led us to where we are today. We should look at all of our neighbours to see what worked and what didn’t.

Of course things can change, but right now Sweden’s situation looks so much better than the rest of Europe’s. We should at least be asking why.

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