It’s looking more and more as if the Swedish way is the best way

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It’s looking more and more as if the Swedish way is the best way

The WHO has endorsed the nation’s approach as the only way a society can fight Covid-19 in the long term

Patrick Sawer

Photographs of Swedes relaxing outside cafes and restaurants – in contrast to the deserted streets of other countries – may have left the impression that the Scandinavian nation is not treating the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

Indeed those images chime with the popular notion that Sweden has adopted an altogether more relaxed attitude, with few restrictions on what people are allowed to do. Far from it, says one of the country’s top scientists.

“We’re not at all relaxed about Covid,” says Prof Agnes Wold, professor of clinical bacteriology at the University of Gothenburg. “We are taking it very seriously.”..

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