Sweden's strategy to keep large
parts of society open is widely backed by the public. It has been
devised by scientists and backed by government, and yet not all the
country's virologists are convinced.
There is no lockdown here.
Photos have been shared around the world of bars with crammed outdoor
seating and long queues for waterfront ice cream kiosks, and yet it is a
myth that life here goes on "as normal".
On the face of it little
has shut down. But data suggests the vast majority of the population
have taken to voluntary social distancing, which is the crux of Sweden's
strategy to slow the spread of the virus.
Usage of public
transport has dropped significantly, large numbers are working from
home, and most refrained from travelling over the Easter weekend. The
government has also banned gatherings of more than 50 people and visits
to elderly care homes.
Around 9 in 10 Swedes say they keep at
least a metre away from people at least some of the time, up from seven
in 10 a month ago, according to a major survey by polling firm Novus.