Even as the death toll in Europe due to the global COVID-19 pandemic has reached 40,000, Sweden has so far not enforced strict social distancing measures.
The Scandinavian nation remains one of the rare countries with relaxed measures. It has so far not introduced lockdown measures and has kept schools and cafes open and allows gatherings up to 500 people.
Swedish government’s scientific advisers have believed in “herd immunity” while handling the pandemic. Herd immunity is a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a large percentage of a population becomes immune to infection.