There’s a growing media chorus pointing out that Sweden’s relatively relaxed approach to public restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak is beginning to look like a mistake. One main factor is that Sweden’s death rate is continuing to climb more quickly than that of its Nordic neighbors. The rate of intensive care admissions at hospitals is also outpacing the likes of Denmark, Norway and Finland, as pointed out in a daily briefing compiled by Swedbank.
In Sweden coronavirus-related death and hospitalization numbers are still climbing, but authorities seem satisfied that they aren’t out of control just yet. Meanwhile more international media is calling the strategy a terrible mistake. A look at what some Swedes are thinking, and what may lie ahead.