Sweden’s top coronavirus doc says Britain’s lockdown goes TOO FAR as his country allows pubs and schools to stay open


THE scientist leading Sweden’s battle against the coronavirus has claimed that Britain’s lockdown has gone too far.

Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell believes the UK shouldn’t have abandoned its original strategy as bars, restaurants and schools in his country remain open.

 Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell claims the UK has gone too far with its lockdown
Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell claims the UK has gone too far with its lockdownCredit: Janerik Henriksson/TT
 Shops have remained open in Sweden amid the coronavirus crisis

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Shops have remained open in Sweden amid the coronavirus crisisCredit: AP:Associated Press

Sweden has currently recorded 333 deaths of the coronavirus, with just over 6,000 infections.

This puts it far below Britain which is in lockdown, though it is around two weeks behind on the curve of the virus.

Life in the country remains normal with cafes and restaurants packed, although PM Stefan Lovren has limited gatherings to 50 and urged Swedes to “behave like adults”.

But doctors have warned that the country could be heading for a “catastrophe” as the virus continues to spread in public spaces.

The country’s leading coronavirus doc Anders Tegnell, who studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told the Mail on Sunday he is “sceptical” about the benefits of a lockdown.

He said: “I am very sceptical of lockdowns altogether but if you ever do them, you should do them at an early stage.

“At certain times I suppose they can be useful, if you are unprepared and need more intensive care facilities, for example, but you are really just pushing the problem ahead of you.”

Mr Tegnell added that he believes that his method of fighting the virus, while different to every other country, is producing results.

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He added: “So far, what we are doing is working. In a sense we are beating it, and I am confident we are doing the best we can in the circumstances.”

“We can’t kill all our services. And unemployed people are a great threat to public health. It’s a factor you need to think about.”

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However, Tegnell has faced opposition in his own country after a petition signed by more than 2,000 doctors, scientists, and professors has now called on the government to get tough and tighten restrictions.

“We’re not testing enough, we’re not tracking, we’re not isolating enough – we’ve let the virus loose,” said Prof Cecilia Söderberg-Nauclér, a virus expert at the Karolinska Institute.

Sweden’s closest neighbours – Denmark, Finland, and Norway – have already taken this tough approach, opting for strict lockdown measures with schools, workplaces and borders closed weeks ago.

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Norway currently has 62 deaths, while Denmark has 161 and Finland has 25.

Meanwhile, the UK entered its second weekend of lockdown as the death toll from the coronavirus rose to 4,353 yesterday.

There are now over 40,000 confirmed cases of the virus, as Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove urged the public to stay inside despite the warm weather.

But many Brits didn’t heed his advice, flocking to parks to sunbathe and flouting strict government advice.

 Social distancing is advised in Sweden but citizens are allowed a huge amount of freedom
Social distancing is advised in Sweden but citizens are allowed a huge amount of freedomCredit: AP:Associated Press
 The Swedish government says it trusts citizens to behave responsibly

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The Swedish government says it trusts citizens to behave responsiblyCredit: AFP or licensors





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