The trust in the authorities in their management of the epidemic of coronavirus is markedly lower in Sweden, according to a new survey released Tuesday, while the balance in the nordic country continues to rise and has surpassed the 5000 dead.
According to an Ipsos poll conducted of 1191 Swedish from 2 to 15 June and published in the daily Dagens Nyheter, 45% of them have a “high confidence” in the ability of authorities to manage the health crisis — is 11 percentage points lower than in April. 29% say they now have “little confidence”, compared to 21% two months ago.
Among the respondents, 57% (-12 points) are still a “high confidence” to the public health Agency and 60% (-9) to the epidemiologist-in-chief Anders Tegnell, who has become the face of the strategy of the Swedish anti-coronavirus. Figures that remain relatively high.
With regard to the management of the crisis by the government, 38% think it is now good, up from 50% in may.
The support of the prime minister Stefan Löfven has also dropped to 39% (-10 percentage points compared to may).
Unlike devices often stringent imposed in the rest of Europe, Sweden, whose population was never confined, kept open schools, cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses, asking everyone to observe the recommendations of aloofness and “take its responsibilities”.
The public health Agency has defended this approach as it considers relevant in the long term, and rejects the measures taken over quite a short period of time elsewhere, considering them as too inefficient compared to the effects they have on society.
But the review of this policy is for the less poor: in the kingdom of 10.3 million inhabitants, 5122 people have died of the COVID-19, a balance sheet, five to eleven times higher than its neighbouring nordic countries, according to data compiled by AFP. Sweden has the fifth-worst ratio of deaths per capita in the world.
Thus, while many european countries have re-opened mid-June their borders, at least seven of them were denied entry to Swedish, including their own neighbours, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish.
The country has also been slower than elsewhere to put in place of the test mass.
“The differences are important enough so that we can say with certainty that there was a real change. The vision of the capabilities of the authorities has turned clearly negative,” noted Nicklas Källebring, analyst at Ipsos.