A Swedish parliamentary commission released an overview of the government’s management of the pandemic this Thursday, concluding that the country’s executive has “failed” on various aspects of dealing with it.
Specifically, the Commission points to six points where the government’s management was “poor”. What is striking is the lack of a decision on a clear strategy in cooperation with the other authorities; inadequate action to stop the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and that diagnostic tests started “late”.
The President of the Commission, Karin Enstrom, has indicated that the results of the investigation are “serious”, as the Swedish newspaper “Aftonbladet” has put together.
The Commission is composed of members from all Swedish political parties and held numerous hearings at the end of the report before reaching a unanimous decision. Although the group does not have the power to fire ministers, its conclusions can serve as ammunition for opposition parties trying to promote a motion of censure against the government, the agency Bloomberg points out.
The Swedish government was criticized in the early days of the pandemic for not doing enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. During the second wave, stricter measures to contain infection were put in place and tighter restrictions were put in place.
To date, Sweden has recorded more than a million COVID-19 infections, including more than 14,400 deaths from the disease.