Carlos XVI Gustavo lamented the high number of deaths in the Nordic nation, which registers 7,802 deaths and a mortality rate five times higher than Denmark and ten times higher than Norway and Finland
"I think we have failed. We have had a lot of people who have died, and that is terrible. It is something with which we all suffer ". The words of King Carlos XVI Gustavo of Sweden confirm the criticism against the management of the corona virus pandemic in his country. In a statement made by the state broadcaster SVT for the program "The year with the royal family," which will be broadcast next Monday, Carlos XVI Gustavo referred to the "grief" and "frustration" in many families and in "many businessmen who have had to bend and perhaps lose their businesses."
"The Swedes have suffered greatly under difficult circumstances. One thinks of the relatives who could not say goodbye to their dead. I think it is a tough and traumatic experience, not being able to give a warm goodbye,", he assured.
Prince Charles Philip, the middle son of the king, and his wife, Princess Sophia, suffered from disease COVID-19 recently, and other members of the royal family had to be tested. However, they were negative, increasing the fear of infection with the virus.
"In recent times, it has felt like something more evident, it has gotten closer and closer; It's not what you want," admitted the 74-year-old Swedish monarch.
Sweden, which has opted for a more lax strategy, has so far registered 348,651 cases of coronavirus, with 7,863 deaths and a mortality rate of 75.29, five times more than Denmark and ten times that of Norway and Finland, although lower than the countries most affected such as Spain, Italy, Great Britain, and France.
A commission appointed by the Swedish Government confirmed two days ago in a first partial report the "failure" in the management of the authorities, focused mainly on nursing homes, where half of the deaths have occurred, while the second wave it hits the country and has overloaded its healthcare system.
"The Public Health Authority had prepared three scenarios in the summer. We had relied on the worst. However, it turns out that it is twice as bad" as was feared, Lars Falk, head of intensive care at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, told AFP.
Resuscitation services under pressure demand reinforcement of all qualified health personnel in Stockholm, mortality up to ten times higher than that of its Nordic neighbors: this autumn, the Swedish strategy, less strict against the epidemic, repeats its very mediocre balance of spring.
"Unfortunately, the level of infections is not decreasing (...), and this is very worrying," the health director of the Stockholm region, Björn Eriksson, told AFP, describing "extreme pressure on the health system."