In its latest approach to the pandemic, Sweden plans to ease coronavirus restrictions for elderly citizens. The countrys state epidemiologist says the situation is less dramatic than in the rest of Europe.
With the exception of those over 70, Swedish citizens have faced few restrictions during the pandemic. Now, the government’s “priority” is to return normalcy to the lives of elderly Swedes, according to Anders Tegnell. In contrast to most of Europe, older Swedish residents are now being encouraged to emerge from their isolation and resume their lives.
“We would send the message to elderly people, you don’t need to completely isolate any more; we would send the same message to them that we do to the population in general,” he told BBC Radio 4's ‘Today’ program on Tuesday.
Cases in Sweden have been increasing over the last few weeks, but Tegnell insists that the government will lessen restrictions for the elderly “so they can live a bit more of a normal life, because I think that’s our main problem.”