SWEDEN - Avoids Lockdown for COVID-19

Arno Froese

While most of Europe is firmly locked down in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, Sweden is taking a softer line, keeping primary schools, restaurants and bars open and even encouraging people to go outside for a nip of air.

This stands in stark contrast to the urgent tone elsewhere and has sparked heated debate whether Sweden is really doing the right thing.

“We cannot allow the human desperation in Wuhan and Bergamo to be repeated in Sweden. That would be a gamble that violates society’s most fundamental principle: that every person has an inherent value,” the editor-in-chief of Sweden’s biggest newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, wrote, calling for either tougher measures or more widespread coronavirus testing.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, in a televised speech, urged people to “take responsibility” and follow the government’s recommendations.

Those include working from home if you can, staying home if you feel sick, practice social distancing, and stay home if you belong to a risk group or are over the age of 70.

Sweden’s former state epidemiologist and current advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), Johan Giesecke, encouraged Swedes to go out and enjoy the spring sun.

“Bring a friend and walk a meter apart. Don’t hug your neighbor. Bring a thermos and sit on a park bench. It’s bad for your health to sit at home too,” Giesecke told broadcaster SVT’s morning show.

Right or wrong, Sweden does not seem to have a worse virus problem than its neighbors, according to the numbers of declared cases.

On [March 24], Sweden reported 2,272 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, while Norway and Denmark—which each have around half the population of Sweden—reported 2,566 and 1,577 cases, respectively.

-news.yahoo.com, 24 March 2020

Arno's commentary

Sweden, a country with barely 11 million people, is another super-successful nation. GDP per capita stood at $51,200 in 2017. Like all successful countries, exports are $165.6 billion, with imports $153.2 billion. Healthcare is supported by 5.2 physicians per 1,000 people.

Sweden’s industrial power will continue to operate, although somewhat reduced. It is of interest that the Scandinavian counties usually come out as the best in the world, yet coronavirus knows no borders. It’s global, it’s unprecedented, and we believe it is due to an unearthly higher power, which will contribute toward the unification of the nations of the world. 

We must keep in mind that Antichrist and his spirit attempt to mimic the real Christ and the real Church. Thus, coronavirus is an excellent opportunity for the nations to dialog even more openly.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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