Sweden’s coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ gamble backfires as study shows only one in 14 people in Stockholm have a
JUST one in 14 Swedes have coronavirus antibodies, a study has revealed, indicating the country’s ‘herd immunity’ policy has backfired.
The Swedish study found just 7.3 per cent of people in the capital Stockholm had developed Covid-19 antibodies by late April.
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The country’s controversial policy of not implementing a lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak was championed by Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who recommended voluntary measures instead.
Instead of restricting people’s movements and shutting down businesses and bars Sweden kept places open.
The country’s death rates have been far higher than its Scandinavian counterparts but still lower than some European countries such as Britain, France and Italy, which implemented a lockdown at the height of the outbreak.
Health authorities in Sweden now say the outbreak is slowing as the number of patients in intensive care has dropped by a third from a peak in late April.
But over the past seven days Sweden has recorded the highest number of deaths per capita from Covid-19 in Europe.
The study examined the potential of herd immunity to effectively stop the disease from spreading in the community.
According to the Swedish Health Agency on Wednesday, the findings were roughly in line with models predicting a third of the Swedish capital's population would have had the virus by now and where at least limited herd immunity could have been established.
Tegnell said: “It is a little bit lower (than expected) but not remarkably lower ...
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