Swedish King criticizes country's COVID-19 pandemic strategy in speech

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Published: December 18,2020 10:34 AM
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December 18, 2020: Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has criticized the Swedish government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday.

December 18, 2020: Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has criticized the Swedish government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday.



The King said, "It's been an awful year. The grief and the frustration among many families and also many business owners who are on their knees may lose their companies."



"The Swedish people have suffered enormously under difficult circumstances," he said.



His son Prince Carl Philip and daughter-in-law Princess Sofia tested positive for COVID-19 last month after displaying flu-like symptoms.



The King also said that he felt for the families who were unable to say farewell to their dying relatives, calling the experience "heavy and traumatic."



Sweden's state epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency Anders Tegnell said he had "no comment."



"It is deeply regrettable that many people have died but whether or not we have failed is a question. I will have to leave to those who will review all of this in the future," Tegnell said on Thursday.



At a press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven conceded that the elderly care system lacked resources in response to the pandemic and said that Sweden will start vaccinating high-risk groups sometime between December 27 and December 29.



Sweden registered 357,466 COVID-19 cases, with the death toll reaching 7,893, while 3,691 patients have been admitted to ICUs throughout the pandemic in the country, according to the Public Health Agency.