Nordic COVID-19 lockdowns will have same end results as Sweden, says former state epidemiologist

Former state epidemiologist Johan Giesecke is advising Anders Tegnell and the Swedish Public Health Agency. Photo released on Nov. 18, 2007. ( Bertil Ericson / AFP Photo / Scanpix / Getty Images)
Sweden has opted for relatively liberal policies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

One former state epidemiologist, Professor Johan Giesecke has come out of retirement to act as a consultant to Anders Tegnell and his team at the Public Health Agency which advises the government.

In an interview with Radio Sweden, Johan Giesecke is forthright in his defence of Sweden’s Covid-19 strategy, but admits there have been failings.

You can’t keep a lockdown forever, and the problem with it is that you have to open it up and that’s happening as we speak. Countries are more and more approaching the Swedish policy. Sweden's former state epidemiologist Johan Giesecke

Click on the link to listen to the interview.

Related stories from around the North:

Arctic: Roundup of COVID-19 responses around the Arctic, Eye on the Arctic

Canada: COVID-19 testing rates are falling across the Canadian North — here’s why, CBC News

Finland: First Covid-19 death reported in southwestern Finnish Lapland, Yle News

Greenland: COVID-19: Arctic science expedition postpones flight campaign after trainee tests positive for virus, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Norwegian Arctic wilderness tourism hit particularly hard by coronavirus, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Novatek construction site faces fastest growing coronavirus outbreak in northern Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Why Sweden can’t declare a state of emergency over COVID-19, Radio Sweden

United States: COVID-19 pandemic raises hard questions about health disparities, says Int’l Inuit org, Eye on the Arctic

David Russell, Radio Sweden

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