Sweden’s top epidemiologist has admitted his strategy to fight Covid-19 resulted in too many deaths

Sweden’s top epidemiologist has admitted his strategy to fight Covid-19 resulted in too many deaths, after persuading his country to avoid a strict lockdown.

“If we were to encounter the same illness with the same knowledge that we have today, I think our response would land somewhere in between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world has done,” Anders Tegnell said in an interview with Swedish Radio.

Tegnell is the brains behind Sweden’s controversial approach to fighting the virus, and the government of Stefan Lofven has deferred to the epidemiologist in its official response to the pandemic.

Gatherings of more than 50 people continue to be banned, but throughout the crisis Swedes have been able to visit restaurants, go shopping, attend gyms and send children under 16 to school.

In an Interview Tegnell subsequently said he still believed “The basic strategy has worked well. I don’t see what we would have done completely differently. Based on the knowledge we had then, we feel we made the appropriate decisions.”

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