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While the media in the UK is asserting lockdown measures caused COVID-19 deaths and cases to plummet, Sweden saw an even greater drop off in deaths despite enforcing comparatively minor restrictions.
This morning, UK broadcaster Sky News declared “Lockdown is working! COVID-19 infection rate plummets in England.”
“One of the largest and most authoritative coronavirus surveys has found that infections are quickly falling in England, confirming that lockdown is working to suppress the virus,” states the report.
The report claims that vaccines aren’t a factor in the reduction in deaths and cases because they are observed across all age groups.
However, as Dr. Eli David highlighted, COVID deaths in Sweden began dropping off even sooner without the need for harsh lockdown measures.
The strict lockdown in the UK was so effective that it stopped the spread of Covid in Sweden as well pic.twitter.com/M12KVBibw5
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) February 17, 2021
“The strict lockdown in the UK was so effective that it stopped the spread of Covid in Sweden as well,” joked David.
In comparison to the UK, which imposed a full national lockdown in early January, Sweden refused to follow suit, only encouraging voluntary social distancing measures.
As we highlighted last October, health authorities in the Scandinavian country refused to follow the rest of Europe by imposing new coronavirus lockdown measures on their population, arguing that those beset by loneliness and misery of being isolated have suffered enough.
Despite all this, health authorities in Sweden are now considering a full lockdown for the first time due to what they say is a rise in cases over the last week.
“The proposals would let the government close shopping centers, gyms and restaurants, as well as impose new restrictions on theme parks, zoos and museums. There will be a new system to control social gatherings and public events,” reports Bloomberg.
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