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Expert: to evaluate the Swedish model of combating COVID-19 is possible in 1.5 years

The Swedish approach to measures to combat the spread of coronavirus based on the high level of trust between citizens and the state and may not be suitable for all countries, told RIA Novosti Director of the Stockholm international Institute for peace studies (SIPRI) Dan Smith.

The government of Sweden in contrast to many other countries did not impose strict lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus in the country continued to operate kindergartens, primary schools, restaurants and fitness centers. Restrictive measures include inter alia the ban on meetings of more than 50 people, a cafe can't serve visitors to the stand, prohibited visits to nursing homes. Universities, secondary education schools and employees of companies, where possible, transferred to the remote mode. People are urged to respect the social distance and to avoid unnecessary social contacts.

In Sweden from the coronavirus died 4220 persons (to 414.4 deaths per million inhabitants). This figure is higher than in the neighbouring Nordic countries (Denmark died 565 people, in Finland - 313, Norway - 235), but lower than in several other countries (Italy, Spain, UK, Germany), where rigid quarantine was introduced.

"What does the Swedish approach to other countries, the question in the first place, cultural and psychological. I think now at the stage of the second phase, it could work, for example, in Japan, South Korea, Britain, Germany, and Italy. The experience of being in a state of isolation changed society, and now the question is, what will happen next," says Smith.

While Smith emphasizes that to effectively counter the crisis and possible new pandemics countries should focus on cooperation, not criticism of each other. "We need to create a system of confrontation crises, including natural disasters, which happen much more frequently to such shocks was perceived as difficult circumstances, not as a shock. The key role to be played in the cooperation between countries, despite differences in approaches," concluded the expert.

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