AN IRISH MAN living in Sweden insists that Ireland could learn a lot from the way his adoptive country is tackling the coronavirus crisis.
Patrick O'Reilly, originally from Drogheda, Co. Louth, works at Lund University in the south of Sweden.
He says that the country has benefitted long-term by not going into full-lockdown at the height of the pandemic, despite almost every other European nation doing so at the time.
"I generally support the Swedish approach as it has been consistent from the start, as opposed to Ireland where they keep chopping and changing the restrictions," he told the Irish Mirror.
"Swedes trust their government more and tend to do what they are told.
"The government is treating the public like adults and they are responding by keeping their distance and following the rules; it's a long-term approach here."
Schools and childcare remained open in Sweden throughout the pandemic in another rather unique move.
Despite O'Reilly's endorsement, Sweden's death toll from Covid-19 is nearly three times greater than Ireland's, despite only having a population around double that of Ireland's.
Nearly 6,000 people have died from coronavirus in Sweden, while just over 1,800 people have died as a result of the disease here.
Meanwhile, there have been over 100,000 cases of virus diagnosed in Sweden, with just under 50,000 confirmed in Ireland.
Sweden's per capita death rate is much higher than its Nordic neighbours at 58.5 per 100,000, compared to 11.7 in Denmark and 6.32 in Finland.
Ireland's per capita rate is 37.2.