“In my view, the Swedish model has not been a success, at least to date,” he told news.com.au. "There is continued increase in the number of cases in all regions except one," said Karin Tegmark Wisell, head of the microbiology department at the agency. SWEDEN'S seven-day rolling average coronavirus daily death toll has fallen to 0.6 despite the country having no national lockdown. The Health Agency has said the outbreak was likely more severe during the spring when Sweden periodically suffered some of Europe's highest per capita death tolls though limited testing at the time had meant many infections went undetected. Sweden's death rate per capita has been several times higher than Nordic neighbours but lower than some larger European countries, such as Spain and Britain. New COVID-19 deaths remain low and Sweden’s official death toll had decreased by 15 cases since Friday, taking the total to 5,918 deaths. He told the public broadcaster: “If they don’t seem to have an effect … then of course we need to consider other ways to constrain these opportunities for transmission.”. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Earlier on Thursday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he was self-isolating and getting tested after he learned a person close to him had met someone who was later confirmed to have COVID-19. Coronavirus cases have exploded in Sweden as authorities try to keep hold of twin battles – containing the virus and controlling the narrative. Picture: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFPSource:AFP. Time magazine reports that Sweden’s per-capita death rate as of last week was 58.6 per 100,000 people and that average daily cases rose by 173 per cent from early September to early October “with particularly dramatic increases in cities such as Stockholm and Uppsala”. Dr Nick Talley, editor-in-chief of the Medical Journal of Australia, agreed that Sweden got it wrong. The increase compares with a high of 1,698 daily cases recorded in late June. “Registered cases in Sweden are slightly above 106,300, compared with around 13,800 in Finland and 16,600 in Norway – each with about half the population of Sweden,” the Post reports. Biden defeats Trump to become 46th president, Kamala Harris, shattering racial and gender barriers, makes history as first woman vice president, Cori Bush makes history as Missouri’s first Black congresswoman, Biden defeats Trump to become 46th president, AP projects, President Trump Releases Statement From The Golf Course On Projected Biden Win, How President-elect Joe Biden will govern — if he can govern at all. 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"We are now also beginning to see a fairly significant increase on the number of intensive care patients.". Experts say it's probably not enough. “Allowing a deadly virus to just spread in the hope of eventual ‘herd immunity’ made no sense to me scientifically, given our then limited knowledge, and it absolutely made no sense to me ethically,” he told news.com.au earlier this year. Joe Biden wins: What's next for Donald Trump's children? But cases surged … He told New Statesman in April that “locking people up at home won’t work in the longer term”. Coronavirus cases have doubled in Sweden in just three weeks as the wheels fall off the country’s vaunted approach to tackling COVID-19. Dr Lars Falk, who runs the ECMO (extracorporealmembrane oxygenation) unit at the Karolinska University hospital in Stockholm discusses the challenges of working with COVID-19 patients. Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, said the increase in cases was starting to affect the healthcare system. US election: Will Trump refuse to physically leave the White... Who is Kamala Harris? Joining Trump's war on voting was a test of loyalty for the GOP. It said 55 patients were receiving intensive care on Monday, up from 34 on Oct. 21. Sweden update, new cases -Week 39 2919Week 40 3640Week 41 4280 Week 42 5627 That's a 93% increase in cases in 3 weeks. “Sweden has now seen a doubling in cases in three weeks, hitting more than 1000 new cases in one day for the first time since June,” he said. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden, whose light-touch pandemic strategy has gained global attention, registered 1,870 new coronavirus cases on October … Regions have been effectively locked down to contain a doubling of COVID-19 cases in just three weeks. 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The intensifying outbreak has seen Sweden tighten the mostly voluntary recommendations on which it relies across much of the country and Tegmark Wisell said the percentage of positive tests had climbed to 9.7% last week from 5.6% the week before. “They expect it will take months to do, so it’s in anticipation of future crises and won’t be ready until next summer,” he said. And the UK Times reports that new cases each day have risen on average from 160 in September to almost 700 in October. “We stopped travelling even more than our neighbouring countries. The Health Agency has said the peak during the spring probably ran far higher but went unrecorded due to a lack of testing at the time. Massachusetts is calling for a curfew to curb rising COVID-19 infections. “People would die unnecessarily and I was frankly disgusted with what I was hearing from the Swedish Public Health Authority.”. Picture: Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency/AFPSource:AFP, RELATED: Europe in crisis as case numbers surge, “Sooner or later, people are going to go out anyway,” he said. Here’s How Biden Can Do Better, Trump's White House advisors have reportedly told the president that his legal fight to challenge the election results is hopeless. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. However, outbreaks in some regions have prompted authorities to tighten local social distancing recommendations there, a step taken for Skane, in the far south of Sweden, on Tuesday. But a devastating second wave has forced a dramatic rethink as infections threaten to derail any gains that were achieved by taking a now notoriously relaxed approach to the pandemic. “We see a small but significant increase each week in the number of cases submitted to intensive care,” he told a news conference. Sweden has seen a steady increase in new cases in recent weeks though the resurgence of the disease has come later than in wide swaths of Europe and not so far hit the kind of peaks recorded in countries such as Belgium and the Czech Republic. Will it keep up the fight? On Thursday, 90 COVID-19 patients were receiving intensive care at Swedish hospitals, 19 more than on Wednesday, while a further 661 were being treated in other modes of care. A new observational study by Swedish researchers shows a significant decline in death rates among hospitalized patients infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 … RELATED: Further lockdown measures in UK to stop virus spike, State epidemiologist Dr Anders Tegnell. All times AEDT (GMT +11). Coronavirus cases have exploded in Sweden as authorities try to keep hold of twin battles – containing the virus and controlling the narrative. He said Swedes “changed their behaviour enormously” and did so without laws needing to be enforced as they are in other countries including Australia. Sweden’s death toll per capita is several times higher than Nordic neighbours but lower than some larger European countries, such as Spain and Britain. STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden, whose light-touch pandemic strategy has gained global attention, registered 1,870 new coronavirus cases on October 23, the highest since the start of the pandemic, Health Agency statistics showed on Tuesday. Mr Steadson, who used to work for the University of Queensland, says the Swedish government is looking at changing the law – “and if necessary the constitution” – to make requirements “law” rather than expect the population to do the right thing voluntarily. “(Authorities are) explicitly stating not to have social events and work from home if at all possible.”. The breakaway Nordic nation divided experts by refusing to lock down its citizens when the virus swept through the country earlier this year. Reporting by Johan Ahlander, Editing by Helena Soderpalm and Niklas Pollard. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Dr Tegnell, who has achieved a cult status in Sweden, has rarely swayed from his position. Professor Kim Sneppen, (pictured) an expert in the spread of coronavirus at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, said that Sweden might have beaten the … STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden, whose pandemic strategy of avoiding lockdowns has gained international attention, reported a record increase in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as health officials said it was seeing a marked rise of patients in intensive care. “In Sweden too, we are beginning to approach a critical point.”. Sweden registered 4,034 new coronavirus … pic.twitter.com/Mt9Ekvplsl. “I want to make it clear, no, we did not lock down like many other countries, but we definitely had a virtual lockdown.”. But Mr Steadson, who caught COVID-19 in March and is still suffering from a range of symptoms, including difficulty breathing, said the goal for Sweden was to achieve “herd immunity”, which, as a scientist, made no sense to him. “The capacity of intensive care places remains very good, with 27 percent vacancies nationally,” said Irene Nilsson Carlsson, senior public health adviser at the health and welfare authority.