Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell from the Swedish Public Health Agency pauses during a press conference on COVID-19 in Stockholm, Sweden. (The Associated Press)
STOCKHOLM – Sweden's top epidemiologist, best known for being the man behind the much-debated approach to keeping large parts of society open in Sweden despite the COVID-19 pandemic, said on Monday that the nearly 1 million related deaths worldwide with the virus “it is quite a small number compared to many other diseases that cause death.”
“We must not be fooled into believing that this is the only problem we have in the world when it comes to global health,” Anders Tegnell, from the Swedish Public Health Agency, told Swedish radio.
While at the beginning of the pandemic most of Europe asked its population to close schools, restaurants, gyms and even borders, people in Sweden continued to enjoy many freedoms.
The milestone of nearly a million deaths on the planet comes more than nine months after a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested the resolve of world leaders, pitted science against politics and forced crowds change the way they live, learn and work.