SWEDEN - No Sign of Herd Immunity Stopping Virus

Arno Froese

“The issue of herd immunity is difficult,” Anders Tegnell said at a briefing in Stockholm. “We see no signs of immunity in the population that are slowing down the infection right now.”

Swedes have been more exposed to the virus than their neighbors elsewhere in the Nordic region, and every third Stockholmer tested has antibodies, according to figures published. That’s after the country famously opted against a lockdown, relying instead on voluntary measures.

In a recent OECD study, Sweden consistently ranked among the hardest hit nations in Europe, as measured by relative Covid mortality and infection rates. It was also the slowest at containing transmission.

Sweden was recently forced to recalibrate its approach against the virus, as the daily case rate topped 7,000. In what Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called an “unprecedented” step, Swedes will no longer be free to gather in public in groups larger than eight. The sale of alcohol is now also banned after 10 p.m.

The new restrictions come amid warnings that Sweden’s intensive care beds are quickly filling up. Meanwhile, authorities in the country are warning against placing too much weight on a possible future vaccine.

-www.msn.com, 24 November 2020

Arno's commentary

Sweden mostly disregarded the warnings of the World Health Organization, and was doing rather well at the beginning of the pandemic. But this laissez faire approach—similar to the US, Brazil, and others—proved to be a fatal mistake. Sweden’s neighbors had to close their borders.

All Europeans are welcome in Sweden these days, but it’s not reciprocal.

Denmark, Norway and Finland are all keeping their borders closed to Sweden for now, with only a few exceptions.

-www.euronews.com, 15 June 2020

Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reports 68.47 coronavirus-related deaths per 100,000 in Sweden (US, 83.58; Brazil, 83.31; Canada, 33.30; Israel, 32.45). Clearly, the body count corresponds to the lack of enforcement in several countries, where the virus was not taken seriously.

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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