Scandi-coated? Sweden and Denmark’s covid ploys differ. Their ...

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Scandi-coated? Sweden and Denmark’s covid ploys differ. Their results don’t

Their approaches are poles apart, but it hasn’t made a difference. We asked an expert in maths and pandemics why

Richard Orange

They have a similar public trust in government, similar social structures, demographics and health systems, but wildly different coronavirus strategies.

Denmark locked down hard and early, shutting schools, borders, cafés, restaurants and shops. Sweden has taken a light-touch approach, shutting none of these things, and instead relying on the public’s “common sense behaviour”.

Last Wednesday, the two countries’ health agencies both published their report cards, giving estimates on what difference their contrasting approaches had made to the rate at which the infection is spreading – the famous “R” number. The result? Not that much...

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