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Sweden’s mortality rate among the highest in the world

Sweden's Covid-19 mortality rate is among the 10 highest in the world, at 240 per million population and steadily rising. According to US President Trump, Sweden is “paying heavily” for its decision not to enforce a lock-down.

Published: May 2, 2020, 9:53 am

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    Sweden has not imposed strict restrictions on its citizens and allowed many businesses, including restaurants and hair salons, and schools to remain open unlike many of its Nordic neighbours.

    Sweden’s death rate per 1 million population is significantly higher than Finland, 37, Denmark, 76, and Norway, 38, according to Worldometers, which has been tracking the number of worldwide cases.

    “Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown. As of today, 2462 people have died there, a much higher number than the neighboring countries of Norway (207), Finland (206) or Denmark (443),” the president tweeted on Thursday.

    He added: “The United States made the correct decision!” It is not clear in what way, however, since in New York state 19 nursing homes have reported 20 or more deaths linked to SARS-CoV-2, raising the prospect of hundreds of unattributed deaths in a state where almost 24 000 people have died from the disease alone.

    In Scandinavia, Finland declared a state of emergency on March 16 and shut down all schools, restaurants and bars on April 1, while Denmark announced the first round of closures on March 11.

    When a group of 22 Swedish scientists published an open letter warning that the country needed drastic measures, the substance of their arguments was ridiculed. Instead critics argued that the data used for the Covid-19 death rate made Sweden look worse than other “cautious” estimates.

    One Swedish columnist, Peter Kadhammar, even appeared to believe that information about the pandemic was simply some kind of silly cheerleading public relations exercise. “The Swedes are at least as cool as the British,” he argued. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had only “strived to be an English eccentric” with his failed policy of herd immunity.

    “No country cultivates its peculiarities as much the United Kingdom. No country is so proud of its features,” Kadhammar added, suggesting that Sweden follow this ill-fated example. Britain now has Europe’s second-highest Coronavirus death toll.

    The fact also remains that Sweden now has six times more deaths per capita than neighbouring Norway or Finland.

    Italian newspaper La Repubblica warned too that Swedish doctors would have no choice but to deny respirators to patients over the age of 80, and even those as young as 60 with underlying health conditions. This is sadly now a fact.

    Despite Sweden’s paltry record, the World Health Organization has praised Sweden as a “model” for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

    Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, said there are “lessons to be learned” from the Scandinavian nation, which has largely relied on citizens to self-regulate. “I think there’s a perception out that Sweden has not put in control measures and just has allowed the disease to spread,” Ryan told reporters. “Nothing can be further from the truth.”

    Former chief epidemiologist Johan Giesecke, advisor to the Swedish Government, happens to be an advisor to the director general of the WHO. He hired Anders Tegnell who is currently directing Swedish strategy and is also the first Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

    Johan Giesecke. Photo: WHO

    In an interview with The Post, Giesecke said the correct policy was to protect the old and the frail only. He called Covid-19 a “mild disease” and similar to the flu, and it was the novelty of the disease that scared people. It is the reality of the disease that has been scaring people however.

    According to Giesecke, the British Imperial College paper arguing for lockdowns was “not very good” and he had never seen an unpublished paper with so much policy impact. The paper was very much too pessimistic, he added.

    He later admitted however that the failure to protect the elderly in nursing homes was because “asylum seekers” and “refugees” on the staff were people who “may not always be understanding the information”.

    This outrage has been met with silence in Sweden where the health of elderly people has been put at risk for the sake of immigrants.

    Giesecke has claimed that the actual fatality rate of Covid-19 is the region of 0,1 percent. But currently the crude case fatality rates are around 6 percent globally.

    Fresh serological data could certainly alter the fatality rate among people who have been infected, but as infectious disease experts point out, even a seemingly low rate can translate into a massive death toll if the virus spreads through a major portion of the population.

    “I think it is the worst pandemic since 1918,” Cecile Viboud, an epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center told the Washington Post. That pandemic claimed an estimated 675 000 lives in the United States.

    The New York state rate is 0,5 percent — which is one death per 200 infections. It is a staggering figure, “way more than a usual flu season and I would think way more than the ’57 or 1968 [influenza] pandemic death toll, too,” Viboud said.

    The United States alone could potentially count 1 million deaths at this infection rate if half the population became infected.

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    • Rentia Diedericks

      Ten questions the U.S. needs to offer clear answers to the world regarding the #COVID19.

      1.Regarding the restarted avian influenza virus modification experiment last year, why does the US release no more updates?

      The Science reported in February 2019 that US authorities had quietly approved the avian influenza virus modification experiment. The research, aiming to transform the H5N1 virus to be more capable of infecting mammals, was controversial and considered extremely dangerous. Some experts believe that the modification may increase the risk of human-to-human transmission of the virus.
      The question is why the US government decided to unfreeze the experiment 4 years after it was halted, and why there are no more updates regarding the experiment.

      2.The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) was previously closed.What is the truth behind ?

      The Global Biodefence reported in April that the USAMRIID, US Army’s primary institution and facility for biological research headquartered in Fort Detrick, Maryland, has resumed full operation. The institution was once ordered to halt the study of biological select agents and toxins (BSATs) last July. In March, there was a petition on the White House website demanding the clarification of the shutdown of USAMRIID. Given that these issues have become a primary public concern, what is the US government’s response?

      3.The US Department of Health and Human Services ran a scenario last year that was similar to the COVID-19 outbreak. Is this just a coincidence?

      In March, the New York Times quoted a draft report obtained from the US government saying that from January to August 2019, the US Department of Health and Human Services ran a scenario called “Crimson Contagion” that simulated the fictional outbreak involving a group of tourists visiting China. They then became infected and flew to various countries, including the US.
      Last October, a high-level pandemic exercise named Event 201 was hosted by a couple of US organizations. The drill simulated a scenario that a fictional virus called CAPS, which causes more severe symptoms than SARS and transmits via the respiratory route like the common flu, had caused a pandemic. Like COVID-19, there is no vaccine for CAPS.
      Given the fact that the simulated virus is so much like COVID-19, is this just a coincidence? Another question is, why did it not take enough preventive measures at the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak since the US has predicted a similar pandemic?

      4.US intelligence officials warned of coronavirus crisis as early as last November. Why the warning was ignored?

      In April, according to the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), it was said that, as early as late November 2019, US intelligence officials had warned the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon, and the White House that an infectious disease was sweeping through Wuhan, China.
      Last November, the US National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) issued a report detailing the coronavirus pandemic, which was later identified as “COVID-19”. Some analysts believed that the outbreak in Wuhan might have evolved into a catastrophic event. According to the Washington Post, in more than two months from January to February, Trump had received intensive warnings from the US intelligence agencies about the coronavirus. Why did the US government not declare a “National Emergency” until March 13?

      5.Among the reported influenza deaths in the US, can the US clarify how many cases are actually infected with COVID-19?

      Japanese Asahi Television reported on February 21 that some of the 14,000 people reportedly killed by influenza in the US might have died from coronavirus, which became a hot topic soon after.
      The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report at the end of February, showing that there have been at least 32 million flu illnesses in the US that winter.
      On March 11, at the House of Representatives, Robert Redfield, the director of the US CDC, admitted that some in the US who were previously thought to have been killed from the flu may have been infected with coronavirus.
      Among the reported influenza deaths in the US, how many cases were infected with COVID-19? Did the US government cover up the spread of coronavirus with the flu? When will the US government make public the samples of the US influenza virus and its genetic sequence, or allow experts from the WHO or the United Nations to sample and analyze?

      6.When did the novel coronavirus first appear in the US? Did community transmission of the coronavirus start sooner than it was reported?

      A report released in late April by local health authorities suggests that a 57-year-old woman from Santa Clara County of California died from COVID-19 on February 6, some 20 days earlier than the date the US announced its first death caused by the virus.
      The Los Angeles Times quoted Santa Clara County health officer Sara Cody in a piece saying, “we presume that each of them represents community transmission and that there was some significant level of virus circulating in our community in early February.”
      County Executive Officer Jeffrey V. Smith said this is evidence that the coronavirus was circulating in California as early as January or even earlier.
      California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all counties in the state to review autopsies of suspected coronavirus deaths dating back to December.
      When did the novel coronavirus first appear in the US? Did community transmission of the coronavirus start sooner than it was reported?

      7.How did the US get the virus strains so soon to start the first human testing of a vaccine against COVID-19?

      The Wall Street Journal on March 16 reported that the first human testing of Moderna Inc.’s experimental vaccine against the COVID-19 had already begun. Experts immediately raised questions about the speed of the vaccine development, saying that it would not be possible unless the US had obtained the virus strains from very early on. So how did the US start the first human testing of the vaccine so soon? When and how did they get the virus strains?

      8.Why did the US government keep downplaying the pandemic while its officials privately dumped stocks?

      According to the Washington Post, US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and his wife sold up to 1.7 million in 33 different stocks just one week before the market plunged. Why did these officials at the Committee act so quickly while the government was continually understating the pandemic?
      Why is the vital information kept confidential to the public while the government officials were taking advantage to practice insider-trading?

      9.Why are US experts not allowed to discuss COVID-19 in public?

      The New York Times reported that the White House began tightening controls for all coronavirus messaging from health officials on February 27 after Vice President Mike Pence led the nation’s epidemic prevention and control efforts.
      Several scientists and government health officials, including the nation’s leading infectious disease expert Anthony S. Fauci, have been asked to make statements or make public appearances about the COVID-19 only after consultation with the US vice president’s office.
      Why does the United States, which claims free speech, not allow experts and scholars to discuss the novel coronavirus in public? Does the US want to hide something or fear of something?

      10.What research is being done in the US overseas biological laboratories? Why does the US keep tight-lipped about it?

      Natalia Poklonskaya, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, has proposed verifying the legitimacy of US biological laboratories around the world, according to Sputnik news agency.
      Not long ago, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern about the establishment of a biological laboratory in countries from the former Soviet Union.
      Grigory Trofimchuk, a Russian expert in the field of internal affairs, foreign affairs, and national defense, said the work of these biological laboratories was never disclosed to the outside world, and that they had caused several problems, with widespread outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases such as measles at the laboratory site.
      What research is being done in these biological laboratories? Why does the US keep tight-lipped about the function, use, the safety of these biological laboratories?

    • pcl

      Allowing bars to stay open and trains to run without cutting open the windows was a mistake, but going after people for walking their dogs without masks and running stores at reduced hours, they encourage more crowding (as happened all over the USA) was also a mistake. Now that so many people are sick in Sweden, I wonder if they are allowing the use of Hydroxychoroquinne-Z-pack-zinc cocktail that has worked so well in various trials. The drug industry hates it, favoring $1000 per-pill Remsirvere (pardon the spelling) , but the 60-year-old drugs will save a lot more lives for a lot less money.

    • jesterday

      The current population of Belgium is 11,581,402
      The current population of Sweden is 10,088,936

      #Covid19 deaths – Belgium: 7 765 ( 0.06704715025%)
      #Covid19 deaths – Sweden: 2 669 (0.0264547222819%)

      Please check my math?
      Then ask yourself why are you lying?


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