Does Sweden prove that full lockdowns do nothing extra to halt the virus?
OPINION | There is a strong argument to be made that pre-lockdown restrictions were all we needed
When foreign commentators discuss Sweden’s light-touch response to Covid-19, they tend to adopt an affronted tone.
On the surface, this is surprising. You’d think everyone would be willing the Nordic country to succeed. After all, if Sweden can come through the epidemic without leaving a smoking crater where its economy used to be, there is hope for the rest of the world.
So far, many signs appear encouraging. The disease seems to be following the same basic trajectory there as elsewhere. Though we must wait for complete data, modelling by country’s authorities suggests the infection rate in Stockholm peaked on April 8...