Absolutely, but Lisbon, Israel and Melbourne should have taught you it’s still far to early for too much patting on the back.A few places that have done badly or even failed due to mistakes doesn't make restricting the virus as much as you can a bad idea. Quite the opposite. just compare the death toll in the US, UK, Sweden etc with NZ, Australia, Korea or Singapore.
Calling Sweden “failed“ when they have done miles better than plenty of lockdown countries whilst keeping kids in school and in sport, not locked in with abusive parents, abusive partners and a shit tonne of other mental health issues is a little rich still this early. Just 25 in ICU in Stockholm today, most Stockholm hospitals now have no Covid-19 ICU patients. Just 97 in entire country.
Failure here has still been care homes, worse than most places, and the original tracking was wank. That said increased mortality stats here are also bang on with Covid-19 death stats, something that absolutely isn’t the case in many countries.
And as I said multiple times here, the strategy here has always been “flatten the curve” and have a long term strategy rather than a kick the can down the road strategy.
We’re closing in on the anarchy I predicted months back, looking at Serbia last night, and I predict more and more of the same if countries continue to use lockdowns to try and slow this.
*all depends how you see “failed” of course. People in care homes in Sweden (approx 3000 deaths there) have a 2 yr life expectancy and still, they have been failed for sure. But the children of the country certainly haven’t been, quite the opposite.
With just 224 deaths under 60 (just 4%), and a large percentage of those with underlying conditions, it’s gonna be a strange balance this one going forward. Let’s hope as the cases drop like a lead balloon in Sweden, they are better prepared to trace and track and better prepared in care homes before a second wave, which I’m fairly sure the majority of countries will eventually have to deal with.