Professor of infectious diseases: Sweden missed chance to halt coronavirus

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The official Swedish response to the outbreak of the coronavirus is starting to come in for criticism both in the media and in social media.

Newspaper editorials have compared Sweden's wait and see approach with the direct action taken by several Asian and other European countries and complained of the differing policies coming from various health authorities, a lack of clarity in guidelines given to schools or healthcare staff and insufficient sampling equipment.

Björn Olsen, senior physician and Professor of Infectious Diseases at Uppsala University and Uppsala's Academic Hospital, is one of a group of doctors who wrote a highly critical piece in Läkartidningen, the Journal of the Swedish Medical Association. He says one major problem is the locally-structured nature of Sweden's health service.

Listen to the report to hear his comments.