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Sweden Unveils Promising Covid-19 Data as New Cases Plunge
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Bloomberg

Bloomberg, July 28, 2020
Posted: August 16th, 2020

As other countries face renewed outbreaks, Swedens latest Covid-19 figures suggest its rapidly bringing the virus under control. That Sweden has come down to these levels is very promising, state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told reporters in Stockholm on Tuesday. The Health Agency of Sweden says that since hitting a peak in late June, the infection rate has fallen sharply. Thats amid an increase in testing over the period. The curves are going down and the curves for the seriously ill are beginning to approach zero, Tegnell said. The development follows months of controversy over Swedens decision to avoid a full lockdown. The unusual strategy coincided with a much higher Covid-19 mortality rate than elsewhere in the Nordic region. On Tuesday, Sweden reported two new deaths, bringing the total to 5,702. Tegnell also broached the subject of face masks. With numbers diminishing very quickly in Sweden, we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport, he said. Tegnell has consistently argued that Swedens approach is more sustainable than the sudden lockdowns imposed elsewhere. With the risk that Covid-19 might be around for years, he says completely shutting down society isnt a long-term option. Meanwhile, many countries that thought theyd brought the virus under control are now seeing second waves. Tegnell called those developments worrying. The positive trend is reversing, with an increase in the number of cases in Spain, Romania and Belgium, among others, he said.

Note: In the 7 days ending Aug. 14th, Sweden had a total of 14 deaths from COVID-19 and the numbers continue to decline. By comparison, California with four times the population had 949 deaths. Why isn't the media talking more about Sweden's success without any lockdown? The Dutch government is also not advising the public to wear masks, claiming their effectiveness has not been proven. Why is the media overall so biased against Sweden? For more along these lines, see concise summaries of revealing news articles on the coronavirus from reliable major media sources.

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