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Sweden relied on ‘wishful thinking’ to handle coronavirus and got it wrong on herd immunity

Coronavirus, Europe, Health, Science, Sweden

Sweden was left unprepared for a second wave of coronavirus because of ‘wishful thinking’ by its top virus expert, his predecessor has said.

Annika Linde, Sweden’s state epidemiologist until 2013, said Anders Tegnell got it wrong when he predicted that herd immunity built up over the summer would protect the country when winter came.

That approach has seen cases and deaths soar, and on Monday forced Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to announce that gatherings would be limited to a maximum of eight people.

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