SWEDISH HEALTH MINISTER: "WE HAVE FAILED TO PROTECT OUR ELDERLY"


12/05/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The Swedish government has acknowledged that in the fight against the Coronavirus outbreak, not enough aid has been provided to those in elderly hospices. In Sweden, which follows a policy of mild protection against the outbreak, half of the 3,220 people who have died due to the Coronavirus outbreak so far have been declared to be elderly people in care homes.

Health and Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren said: "We have failed to protect our senior citizens. This is truly grave and a huge failure across the whole community. Our fight against the epidemic is not over yet. We must learn from our mistakes."

Following the outbreak of coronavirus in Sweden, the government announced that protecting people over the age of 70 from the outbreak was the top priority.

But as of April 28, 90 percent of those who died due to the Coronavirus outbreak were people over the age of 70. Half of these people lived in nursing homes, while a quarter received health benefits from their homes.


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