Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has reacted to calls from parliamentary opposition to investigate how the Nordic country has handled the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Sweden’s two biggest opposition parties – the conservative Moderate Party and the populist Sweden Democrats – urged on Friday, May 29, for an independent commission to be set up before the summer to investigate the country’s response to the outbreak.
Löfven agreed on Monday, June 1, that the country will launch an inquiry into its handling of the pandemic before the summer.
“We need to take an overall approach to see how it has worked at national, regional and local levels”Löfvensaid.
Sweden has seen more than 4,000 Swedes die in the pandemic, with roughly half of them having been care home clients. Testing in Sweden has also been significantly lower than in other Scandinavian states as it has reached only a third of the government’s target of 100,000 tests a week.