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Sweden has slammed the World Health Organisation (WHO for including it in a list of those countries at risk of a crippling coronavirus surge, saying the world health body has made a “total mistake”.
The WHO has listed Sweden among 11 countries seeing “accelerated transmission” which it says “if left unchecked will push health systems to the brink once again”.
But controversial Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell retaliated, lashing out at the WHO’s “total misinterpretation” of Sweden’s virus data.
People enjoying the sunny weather in Tantolunden park in Stockholm amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Picture: AFP/Henrik Montgomery
Sweden has made headlines for its high death toll relative to its Nordic neighbours after it adopted Tegnell’s “herd immunity” policy and did not introduce strict lockdowns.
Tegnell said the UN body had made a “total mistake” by listing Sweden alongside countries like Armenia, Albania, Kazakhstan and Ukraine and other mostly poorer nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
“We have an increase in cases because we have begun testing much more in Sweden the past week,” Tegnell said, adding that “all the other parameters” showed the number of serious cases was falling.
Some 5,230 people have died from COVID-19 in Sweden, the world’s fifth highest per capita death rate.
Sweden’s coronavirus fatalities are higher than other Scandinavian countries which all imposed much stricter lockdown measures to combat the pandemic.
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