Sweden’s determination to go together with voluntary lockdowns — as a substitute of the necessary measures applied in different nations — has resulted within the highest variety of COVID-19 deaths per capita in Europe however little of the hoped-for “herd immunity” advantages.
A Swedish study discovered that solely 7.Three p.c of Stockholmers had developed coronavirus-fighting antibodies by late April, Reuters reviews.
The low share runs counter to the strategy of the nation’s chief epidemiologist, who’d predicted that by protecting faculties, eating places, bars and companies open, sufficient folks would quickly develop immunity to the an infection to sluggish the illness from spreading catastrophically.
Sweden’s loss of life toll stood at 3,871 on Thursday afternoon, thrice greater than in its Nordic neighbors — Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland — mixed, in response to Johns Hopkins College information. The variety of confirmed instances within the nation is at the least 32,172.
The World Well being Group has warned in opposition to pinning hopes on herd immunity.
It mentioned final week international research had discovered antibodies in solely 1-10 p.c of the inhabitants, outcomes in keeping with current findings in Spain and France.