Coronavirus infection rate in London similar to Stockholm – despite Sweden’s lockdown snub, study suggests

Government data suggest virus equally prevalent in both cities as study criticises ‘tardy’ UK lockdown

Andy Gregory
Wednesday 12 August 2020 07:37
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Sweden PM defends Covid-19 strategy

The same proportion of people in London were infected with coronavirus in April as in Stockholm — where authorities opted for a herd immunity strategy, according to a new study.

Antibody testing regimes from both the UK and Swedish governments suggested that 17 per cent of the population in both cities had contracted Covid-19 in April, the paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine highlights.

The authors stated that the UK — where Boris Johnson admitted one main point of debate was whether to “take it on the chin” — had been “tardy” in imposing a lockdown.

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