Why Sweden rejected a coronavirus lockdown – BBC Newsnight

Why Sweden rejected a coronavirus lockdown – BBC Newsnight

Swathes of the world have gone on some form of lockdown to fight coronavirus, but in Sweden they are still open for business. Subscribe to our channel here:

Over 100 countries have issued a full or partial lockdown as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.

But one nation has taken the unusual step of continuing to have schools, shops and pubs open, albeit with some social distancing measures.

Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell maintains this is the right approach for the Swedish people, but the decision is not with its detractors.

And more than 2000 people have died of Covid-19 there, compared to a combined total of fewer than 800 from neighbours Denmark, Norway and Finland – all of whom locked down.

Do the Swedes know something the rest of the world doesn’t? And how do they react to seeing much of the world take such a severe approach?

International Editor Gabriel Gatehouse reports.

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