Sweden’s government has initiated a commission to investigate its controversial approach to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sweden has taken a different path compared to most European countries by keeping much of society open and by recommending social distancing and self-isolation rather than imposing a blanket lockdown. That strategy has resulted in a much higher death rate than in neighboring countries, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The commission will evaluate the steps taken by the government and local authorities to limit the spread of the coronavirus, comparing them with what was done elsewhere.
The commission is due to deliver its final report in February 2022. Two preliminary reports will be submitted prior to that. The first, due on November 30, will look into the spread of the virus in healthcare centers and retirement homes. As of June 24, 3,612 people aged 70 living in care homes or receiving home care had died from Covid-19, according to data from National Board of Health and Welfare.