Swedish opposition demands coronavirus commission

Swedish opposition demands coronavirus commission
People walk in Drottninggatan in Stockholm on May 29, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP
Sweden's two biggest opposition parties called on Friday for an independent commission to be appointed within weeks to probe the country's response to the coronavirus.

The conservative Moderate Party and the populist Sweden Democrats said they wanted a commission in place before the summer.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, a Social Democrat, has repeatedly expressed support for a commission but has said he would appoint one after the pandemic was over.

There has been broad political unity over Sweden's softer approach to the new coronavirus, but most parties have agreed on the need to examine the government's crisis management.

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Sweden, which on Friday reported 4,350 COVID-19 deaths, has struggled to protect its elderly from the illness, with more than three quarters of the dead residing in nursing homes or receiving at-home care.

A commission would also be likely to examine the country's economic response to the crisis, and its slow roll-out of testing for the illness.

While the government has raised its testing capacity to 100,000 tests a week, Sweden was at the end of May still only testing around 30,000 people a week due to bureaucratic bottlenecks.

“There are many parties that agree with us that (a commission) should be appointed as soon as possible and not wait until after the crisis,” Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson told reporters.

He said he would raise the issue in parliament next week if Lofven did not move on the issue. Kristersson's proposal enjoys broad support in parliament.


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  1. As a Portuguese living in Sweden,I am petrified with the Swedish notion of logic. The government trusts the population to behave correctly and not contaminate the fellow citizen by a deadly virus. But does not trust and therefore prohibits population to buy a simple bottle of wine from supermarkets.
    I find it very bizzar

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