This is a very interesting article. It was written last month, but we won't have a more accurate assessment of the GDP until the latest study emerges. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2020/09/coronavirus-how-new-zealand-s-recession-compares-to-the-rest-of-the-world.html
Intersting notations in regards to Sweden:
In the June quarter Sweden's GDP fell 8.6 percent, which is its largest drop in modern history.
The fall was significantly worse than the fourth quarter of 2008 during the global financial crisis where it recorded a fall of 3.8 percent.
The country's GDP also fell more than its neighbours which implemented lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Economist David Oxley told CNBC that Sweden's sharp GDP contraction "confirms that it has not been immune to COVID, despite the government's well-documented light-touch lockdown". [ . . . ]
In attempting to look at a global perspective of GDP ( Gross Domestic Product ), I've listed the drop per country ( available in this article ):
I've bolded all countries whose GDP was higher
than New Zealand's and underlined those countries whose GDP was lower
then Sweden's, while subsequently researching whether they imposed lockdowns or not.
It is most interesting to note that those countries whose GDP was significantly lower than Sweden's imposed lockdowns. What is more interesting, is that two of those countries border Sweden ( Finland and Denmark ).
I really want a global perspective:
New Zealand: 12.2 percent - Lockdown
Sweden 8.6 percent - Limited Restrictions Usa - 14.7 percent - Lockdown
England - 20.4 percent - Lockdown
Austria -10.7 percent - Lockdown
Belgium -12.1 percent (provisional) - Lockdown
Canada -11.5 percent - Lockdown Chile -13.2 percent - Lockdown
Columbia - 14.9 percent - Lockdown
The Czech Republic -8.7 percent - Lockdown Denmark -6.9 percent - Lockdown Estonia -5.6 percent -Lockdown Finland -4.5 percent - Lockdown France -13.8 percent - Lockdown Germany -9.7 percent (provisional) - Lockdown Greece -14 percent (provisional) - Lockdown Hungary -14.5 - Lockdown
Iceland -9.1 percent - Limited Restrictions Japan -7.9 percent -Limited Restrictions Mexico -17.1 percent - Lockdown Romania - 12.3 percent - Lockdown Russia -3.2 percent - Lockdown Spain - 18.5 percent - Lockdown South Africa -16.4 percent - Lockdown
China +11.5 percent - Lockdown
This article was written in April: Sweden resisted a lockdown, and its capital Stockholm is expected to reach 'herd immunity' in weeks
This was written this month: But within Sweden’s scientific and medical community, a debate about the strategy has simmered and frequently boiled over—in the opinion pages of newspapers, within university departments, and among hospital staff. A group of scientists known as “the 22” has called for tougher measures since April, when it published a blistering critique of the country’s public health authority, the Folkhälsomyndigheten (FoHM). The group, which has grown to include 50 scientists and another 150 supporting members, now calls itself the Vetenskapsforum COVID-19 (Science Forum COVID-19).
It says the price for Sweden’s laissez-faire approach has been too high. The country’s cumulative death rate since the beginning of the pandemic rivals that of the United States, with its shambolic response. And the virus took a shocking toll on the most vulnerable. It had free rein in nursing homes, where nearly 1000 people died in a matter of weeks. Stockholm’s nursing homes ended up losing 7% of their 14,000 residents to the virus. The vast majority were not taken to hospitals. Although infections waned over the summer, scientists worry a new wave will hit in the fall. Cases are rising rapidly in the greater Stockholm area, where almost one-quarter of the Swedish population lives.
[ . . . ]
HARM SEEMS to have occurred. The Falu lasarett announced last week that it had been fighting a COVID-19 outbreak in its cardiac ward for 3 weeks, with 10 patients and 12 staff infected so far. As of 27 September, staff will “use protective visors when working closely with patients,” the hospital said. The Swedish Health and Social Care Inspectorate told Science it is investigating 17 hospital and clinic-based outbreaks. In September, Ryhov community hospital in Jönköping announced 20 patients and 40 staff members had been infected in an outbreak in the hospital’s orthopedic ward in May. Five patients died and one is still hospitalized. (The hospital said it had followed FoHM’s policies.) At least three patients have reportedly died of COVID-19 after being infected at the university hospital in Lund.
How's that herd immunity working for you, Stockholm? https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/it-s-been-so-so-surreal-critics-sweden-s-lax-pandemic-policies-face-fierce-backlash
A nation is judged by how it treats its elderly. Now who's disgusting?