Sweden’s top epidemiologist said on Tuesday that the country found no evidence that herd immunity had reduced the spread of the corona virus in the country.
Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Technell told a news conference that “the herd immunity problem is difficult”. Bloomberg News.
“There are currently no signs of immunity in the population, which reduces the risk of infection,” Technell said.
Sweden has seen a resurgence of the virus in recent weeks, with the rate of new infections doubling since the beginning of this year.
According to compiled statistics, the country recorded a quarter of the confirmed one million cases of COVID-19 and about 6,500 deaths from the disease. Johns Hopkins University.
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Supporters of the idea have pointed to Sweden, citing the country’s reluctance to implement locking measures to prevent the spread of the virus to public life.
However, Technell has fought back against those comments, pushing back against the notion that the Swedish herd followed a strategy of immunity in an interview last month.
“Common to other countries, we are trying to reduce the spread as much as possible … this is not true to indicate that we allow it to run free of charge without any measures to prevent it,” Technell said New Statesman.
“I want to make it clear, no, we don’t lock like many countries, but we definitely had a virtual lock,” Technell said. “The Swedes changed their behavior drastically. We stopped traveling more than our neighbors. There were no flights to airports anywhere, trains ran at a certain percentage of normal service, so there were huge changes in the community.”
Bloomberg noted that sweaters are more susceptible to corona virus than people living in other Nordic regions. Data released this week It shows that every third person tested in Stockholm has tested positive for antibodies.