is the country’s hands-off approach working?

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And that’s about as far as it goes.

“We, who are adults, need to be exactly that: adults. Not spread panic or rumours,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement last month.

“No one is alone in this crisis, but each person has a heavy responsibility. Every one.”

Speaking to Nature, Anders Tegnell, an epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency and the architect of the country’s response, noted that a) entire city/region lockdowns aren’t actually legal, and b) Swedish laws on communicable diseases are rooted in individual responsibility.

“It clearly states that the citizen has the responsibility not to spread a disease. This is the core we started from, because there is not much legal possibility to close down cities in Sweden using the present laws. Quarantine can be contemplated for people or small areas, such as a school or a hotel. But [legally] we…

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