On March 18, 2020, a news agency Prime Time published an article titled “Sweden Refused to Fight Coronavirus”. The article mentions that the Swedish Government does not resort to immediate measures in its fight against the virus, country’s borders are still open and all facilities are working as usual, while Swedish scientists do not share the opinion of their foreign colleagues and state that coronavirus is safe.
The widespread reports that Sweden allegedly refused to fight coronavirus are disinformation. The Government of Sweden began to adopt measures immediately after the rise in the number of the infected, while the Prime Minister of Sweden announced the closure of borders on March 17.
- Sweden began adopting respective measures right after the number of the infected increased
The first case of coronavirus in Sweden was recorded on January 31, 2020, however, the number of the infected began to grow steadfastly in February after the disease spread rapidly in Italy and Iran.
Sweden resorted to the following measures as a response to the existing circumstances:
- On February 17, the Minister of Home Affairs issued recommendations on avoiding travelling to China.
- Since February 27, certain private companies have been sending their employees to a two-week quarantine if they travelled to the high-risk areas.
- On March 3, a Scandinavian airline SAS ceased flights with Italy.
- On March 11, the Government of Sweden banned all meetings, attended by more than 500 people.
- On March 13, the obligation to present a special notice for not turning up at work was weaved and all citizens who had symptoms of a respiratory disease, were called to stay at home. During the same speech, the Prime Minister of Sweden stated that “coronavirus has become the biggest threat to public health in the recent decades”.
During the same speech, the Prime Minister of Sweden stated that “coronavirus has become the biggest threat to public health in the recent decades”.
6. On March 14, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden called on its citizens to avoid all non-mandatory travel abroad. This recommendation will be in force at least until April 14.
- According to the decision by the Government of Sweden, the borders of the country will be closed from March 19
According to the decision by the Government of Sweden, the borders of the country will be closed from March 19.
As far as schools are concerned – the Minister of Education of Sweden, Anna Ekström stated that the government will not decide for schools whether to stop the classes. She also added that the schools, within the framework of self-government, should decide by themselves how to handle the crisis caused by coronavirus.
Prepared by Mariam Topchishvili
Regional Network of Myth Detector Lab