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US News Covid-19: is Sweden considering confinement to avoid a resurgence of the epidemic?

21:30  30 september  2020
21:30  30 september  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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L’épidémiologiste en chef de Suède, Anders Tegnell, lors d'une conférence de presse le 1er septembre à Stockholm. © PONTUS LUNDAHL Swedish chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell at a press conference on September 1 in Stockholm. British media have announced a turnaround in Swedish strategy as the country has simply indicated that it could put in place more stringent but limited measures locally and in time to fight the coronavirus.

Question asked on 09/29/2020

Hello,

Your question echoes press articles published by several British media on September 23, which announced that "Sweden is changing its non-containment strategy" for The Telegraph , or that the country "is moving towards containment measures" according to the Daily Mail , which adds that "the chief scientist says he is now considering putting in place short-term local restrictions, in a context sharp increase in the number of cases in Stockholm ”. This claim has been brandished by several netizens to argue that Sweden recognizes the failure of its strategy without strict containment and without masks.

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Really not to rub it in, but rather to inform. Sweden shifts strategy, because their previous strategy, used by many for dubious reasons, did not work well.

Sweden shifts on no-lockdown strategy https://t.co/gofO3uE7LJ

- Björn Meyer (@_b_meyer) September 24, 2020

On social networks, Swedes have shared their surprise in the face of these Anglo-Saxon articles, indicating that this turnaround had not been communicated to them. Indeed, one does not find such information in the press of the kingdom and for the moment, the Swedish health agency has not announced any such on its site.

British media rely solely on a statement by Swedish chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on September 22. He says, “We have planned for short enough interventions to stop the spread of infection, which can take two to three weeks at most. We are still developing the concept. ” The daily specifies that "the measures could consist in a reinforcement of the tests, the closing of the schools, the protection of the mouth and the restriction of the gatherings".

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Contacted by CheckNews, the Swedish health agency confirmed that it "will soon announce the possibility of implementing local recommendations in consultation with the regions, which are responsible for the delivery of health care." The health authority refers to its brief report submitted to the government at the beginning of September, which presents the "efforts in the event of a new Covid-19 epidemic" that could be implemented as early as this fall.

The Swedish health agency offers different tracks applicable at a local scale, such as wearing a mask in transport, restrictions on the maximum size of gatherings (currently 50 people), or the fact that quarantines are decided for people living with a person who has been confirmed to have Covid infection. It will be up to the regions, advised by the Swedish health agency, to put these measures in place, if they deem them necessary.

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Sweden has pursued a different strategy from the majority of European countries, since it has chosen not to apply strict containment to its population, but only to ask them to follow distancing recommendations social. Wearing a mask is not recommended there, either outdoors or indoors, neither primary schools, restaurants, nor bars have closed in recent months. As of September 29, the country of 10 million people has 5,980 deaths from covid-19. A significant number compared to its northern neighbors, where the pandemic has caused 274 deaths in Norway and 345 in Finland and 650 in Denmark. On the other hand, the latest Swedish data are positive, since the curves of confirmed cases and deaths have fallen significantly during the summer of , to such an extent that Sweden is no longer considered as a risk zone by the majority from European countries.

"Will it be possible to avoid a second confinement?", Warns the Academy of Medicine .
In a statement, the Academy of Medicine calls for the implementation of emergency measures to fight against the spread of virus and opposes the closure of bars. © afp.com/ALAIN JOCARD The Academy of Medicine aims in particular The tone is deliberately serious. The message, clear and concise.

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