President Donald Trump said Sweden & # 39; pays heavily & # 39; for not maintaining a coronavirus lockon, to & # 39; dead in & # 39; the Scandinavian nation to & # 39; e are rising.
Schools, restaurants and hair salons across Sweden have remained open amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has infected 3.2 million people worldwide.
The World Health Organization yesterday praised the Scandinavian country as a & # 39; model & # 39; in & # 39; fight against the virus, claiming that & # 39; r & # 39; lessons to be learned are & # 39; out of & # 39; e reaction of & # 39; nation.
Dr Mike Ryan, a WHO health expert, said: & # 39; I think there is a perception that Sweden has not implemented control measures and has just been allowed to spread the disease, nothing can further from & # 39; ; to be truth. & # 39;
But Trump has questioned the country's response, writing from & # 39; noon in a tweet: & # 39; Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to close.
President Donald Trump (pictured) said Sweden & # 39; pays heavily & # 39; for not maintaining a coronavirus lockon, to keep dead in the Scandinavian nation
But Trump has called into question the country's response, writing a tweet: & # 39; noon: & # 39; Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden pays heavily for its decision not to close & # 39;
& # 39; As of today, 2462 people have died there, a much higher number than neighboring Norway (207), Finland (206) or Denmark (443).
& # 39; The United States made the right decision! & # 39;
Following Trump's remarks, Sweden announced its second-highest level of infections with 790 new cases – at a time when much of Europe is seeing a decline in new infections.
The rise from 20,302 cases to 21,092 came in addition to 124 more deaths, bringing the total from 2,462 to 2,586.
The U.S. has listed more than one million cases, with about 66,000 deaths due to the reported virus.
But Sweden has a higher daily death rate than the US per million people, according to recent data, today's uptake of 7.43 vs 6.12.
People are sitting outside in a park in Stockholm last weekend, enjoying a freedom to go outside that is severely restricted in most of Europe
A nurse wearing protective clothing and a face mask sees blood on an oxygen machine while attending a patient earlier this month at a hospital in Stockholm
However, data also shows that the US has a significantly higher number of daily infections per million. It today reported 82.36 infections per million against Sweden's 67.43.
Sweden's neighbors have recorded a lower number of coronavirus deaths, with 443 confirmed in Denmark in the middle of 9,158 cases – a difference that has not been sufficiently explained by the size of their populations.
Denmark has already sent children back to elementary schools and reopened some businesses, including hair salons and driving schools.
Finland, which declared a state of emergency on March 16 and closed schools, restaurants and bars on April 1, currently has 4,995 cases of the virus, of which Norway reports 7,710.
Sweden's 790 new cases are the second worst jump so far today, after a rise of 812 last Friday was recorded.
The daily number of cases in Sweden, shown on this graph, was today back to 790 – the second highest on record, after last Friday's 812
This graph shows the daily number of deaths, which is heavily influenced by delays in reporting weekend events. Today's figure is 124 new deaths
Although Sweden's figures have been very sensitive to raw numbers caused by delays over the weekend, official figures show that 774 new positive tests happened yesterday.
The nation, despite the strict lock-up by the majority of Europe, has banned meetings of more than 50 people, closed colleges and universities and asked those in groups at risk of isolating themselves.
However, schools for younger children, some restaurants and many businesses have remained open to customers.
Dr Ryan added: & # 39; What (Sweden) has done differently is that it relies heavily on its relationship with its citizens' initiative and the ability and willingness of its citizens to implement distance and self-regulation. & # 39;
Sweden's top virologist recognizes errors in response to coronavirus, because the country records the second-highest number of daily infections
By Tim Stickings for MailOnline
The virologist who is the relaxed response of Sweden to the coronavirus pandemic has recognized errors in & # 39; response to the crisis – around the country today registered an almost record number of new infections.
Anders Tegnell said too little was done to protect people in nursing homes, who are thought to be responsible for as much as half of Sweden's 2,586 deaths.
Speaking on SVT television, he accepted that he was wrong in predicting that the virus would be contained in Wuhan, but said he did not & # 39; crystal ball & # 39; had.
However, Tegnell does not rely on its lockdown-free strategy – which Sweden believes is more effective in the long-term.
Sweden's top epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, right, has admitted a series of errors in & # 39; treatment of & # 39; a government of & # 39; the coronavirus pandemic
He said in January that there was & # 39; no need to worry & # 39; about the virus, and claimed at the time that there was no reason to exclude travel from China.
The head of public health expressed confidence about Wuhan & # 39; s ability to contain the epidemic, saying the new virus did not appear infectious.
A statement from Tegnell & # 39; s Public Health Agency said on January 16 that the risk of & # 39; infection was spread to Sweden & # 39; very low & # 39 ;.
On & # 39; s question about those predictions on Tuesday, Tegnell said he & # 39; far from being alone in this assessment & # 39 ;.
His initial optimism was based on SARS and MERS outbreaks – two previous coronaviruses that did not cause a pandemic, he said.
SARS resulted in about 8000 cases around the world, while MERS alone caused around 2,500 infections.
Tegnell was also asked about the influx of new cases from Italy, some of them linked to ski trips when the government did not advise them.
This graph shows the number of deaths per million, which has generally been higher in Sweden than in Denmark, although Sweden's figures tend to fluctuate wildly over the weekend
It was not until March 6 that Sweden ruled against non-essential travel to northern Italy, the first major epicenter of the crisis in Europe.
Tegnell said on Tuesday that the government based its strategy on information that does not come from Italy, which they considered reliable.
& # 39; The virus was much more unpredictable than we first thought. After all, developments in Italy were violent, even though Italy had taken drastic measures to begin with, & # 39; Tegnell said.
He added: & # 39; We need to make an assessment based on where we stand. We can't try to see a crystal ball and try to guess how it will progress. & # 39;
Moreover, Tegnell & # 39; accuses many different players & # 39; for a failure to improve elderly care & # 39; before we move into & # 39; a situation where we are today. & # 39;
Tegnell said the virus appeared to spread faster in Swedish nursing homes than in some other countries, but said it was unclear why.
Swedes are prohibited from providing care homes in one of the few restrictive measures that the government has imposed.
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