The prime minister warned, “We are facing thousands of deaths. We need to prepare for that.” More than 2,300 experts have criticized Sweden for not taking pandemic seriously as the death toll topped 401 and 6,830 confirmed infections in the Scandinavian country.
The Swedish “mitigation” strategy, under which life has been allowed to carry on with a degree of normality for most of the population while the vulnerable have been urged to stay at home, is being closely watched by scientists and political leaders across Europe.
Bars, restaurants, offices, and galleries across the country remain open.
Until recently people were allowed to gather in groups of up to 500.
The Swedish foreign minister stressed that public trust was a key element of Sweden’s strategy and that Swedes were to individually take responsibility to slow the spread of the disease.
The only other country that is taking similarly light measures in the face of the pandemic is Belarus.
Scant measures have been enforced to curb coronavirus in Belarus.
Advice from the country’s leader has been to instead drink vodka and go to saunas.
The country, specifically its president, has shrugged off concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Sunday with the nation’s football matches continuing as normal.
As most countries enforce strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, fans continued to shuffle into football grounds as they would any other weekend.
Few social distancing measures appear to be in force, but spectators at some grounds did have their temperatures checked before being granted entry.
A small number of fans opted to wear face masks while huddled together in packed stands, but they were few and far between.
Belarusian football organisers have said they have no intention of postponing matches or cancelling the season.
The country’s leader has also shown that he is keen for sporting fixtures to continue.