Anders Tengell speaking during a news conference updating on the coronavirus “pandemic.”
Sweden didn’t do a lockdown. The media and groups like WHO attacked them, saying that neighboring countries had fewer cases and fewer deaths. (They didn’t mention that the UK and other European countries had more deaths.)
Anti-lockdown hero Anders Tegnell, Savior of Sweden, pointed out that the other countries, by doing a lockdown, were likely just postponing the infections and inhibiting their ability to effectively develop herd immunity.
He was right.
Lockdown-free Sweden saw its coronavirus case rate drop below its Nordic neighbours Denmark and Norway today to just 12 new infections per million people over the past week.
In comparison, Norway saw 14 new infections per million people, and Denmark saw 18, meaning Sweden had an average case rate over seven days lower than its neighbours for the first time since March.
‘Sweden has gone from being one of the countries with the most infection in Europe, to one of those with the least infection in Europe,’ the country’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said at a press conference earlier this week.
Meanwhile, ‘many other countries have seen a rather dramatic increase,’ he added.
At the height of the pandemic, Sweden’s infection rate dwarfed that of its neighbours, who did implement a lockdown.
At its peak on June 19, Sweden was seeing 108 new infections per million people, compared to Denmark and Norway’s eight and three respectively.
The number of deaths in Sweden is now averaging at two to three per day, compared to a peak of over a hundred per-day it suffered in mid-April.
Furthermore, its capital Stockholm, the epicentre of Sweden’s pandemic during the peak months of April and May, registered its lowers number of cases since March last week.
In Stockholm, 250 of 14,000 people tested last week were infected with the virus, a positive rate of 1.8 percent.
Meanwhile, Denmark registered 179 new cases on Friday, its highest daily total for more than four months.
To add to positive signs in Sweden, a test last week of 2,500 randomly selected people found not one had coronavirus.
In comparison, in a similar test, 0.9 per cent were found to have the virus at the end of April and 0.3 per cent at the end of May.
Announcing the results on Thursday, Dr Tegnell’s deputy at the Public Health Agency of Sweden, Karin Tegmark Wisell, said: ‘We interpret this as meaning there is not currently a widespread infection among people who do not have symptoms.’
Lockdown-free Sweden has been controversial for its liberal attitude to controlling the pandemic, preferring instead to let run through the population to create a ‘herd immunity’.
But the country’s latest figures may silence some of its critics, and will come as a relief to those who advocated for the approach and came under fire in May as the country saw the highest per-capita death rate in the world for a period.
Instead of implementing a lockdown, Sweden’s measures focused on voluntary social distancing guidance and hygiene recommendations, and it also refused to recommend the use of face masks, but has said they may be advised in the future.
Many businesses have also continued to operate, meaning the economy has fared significantly better than most.
But unlike many countries in Europe seeing a resurgence of cases, including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Italy – Sweden’s figures seems to be continuing to head downwards.
‘What we see now is that the sustainable policy might be slower in getting results, but it will get results eventually,’ Dr Tegnell said. ‘And then we also hope that the result will be more stable.’
It would be nice to see all of the people who attacked Sweden for not doing a lockdown come out and state that they were wrong. But that’s not likely to happen.
What’s likely to happen is that they’re going to ignore this uncomfortable Sweden thing and continue to pretend that the lockdown is needed as they talk about the upcoming coronavirus vaccine.
So much for saving lives over saving the economy. Countries with a lockdown have not saved lives, they’ve totally destroyed the economy, and they’ve stripped the people of their basic rights.
Sweden, by not doing a lockdown and not forcing people to wear face masks, has saved both its economy and its people.
And it’s all thanks to this man, who refused to be bullied by international scum.