Sweden’s PM says the country’s health experts misjudged the resurgence of Covid-19 and should have called for tougher restrictions

  • Sweden has never gone into lockdown, with shops and restaurants staying open 
  • Thousands have died at nursing homes despite talk of ‘ring-fencing’ the elderly
  • Commission found that too little was done to protect people at nursing homes 


Sweden’s health experts misjudged the resurgence of Covid-19 and ‘didn’t see such a wave in front of them’, prime minister Stefan Lofven has said. 

Medical advisers ‘talked about different clusters’ but did not recommend tough measures to contain a second wave, which in fact has infected nearly 250,000 people in the autumn and winter, Lofven told the newspaper Aftonbladet

The PM’s comments came as Sweden’s no-lockdown approach, championed by state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, was blamed in part for the high death toll in care homes during the first wave. 


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