World Health Organization praises Sweden for coronavirus response resisting shutdowns

The World Health Organization issued high praise for Sweden’s response to the coronavirus, which largely resists shutdowns.

Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s executive director for health emergencies, strongly defended the Nordic country after facing scrutiny from many academics for resisting stronger economic closures to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“I think there’s a perception out there that Sweden has not put in control measures and just has allowed the disease to spread,” Ryan said Wednesday. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Sweden has put in place a very strong public health policy around physical distancing, around caring and protecting for people in, in long-term facilities, and many other things.”

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