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Sweden implemented a combination of limited prohibitions and recommendations. A willingness to plan ahead and to manage the COVID-19 crisis over the long term has been underpinned by a clear and transparent division of responsibilities between government agencies, government, and local actors. With capacity adapted to minimal levels, hospitals were forced to reorganize, to increase working hours, and to call on extra staffing. Centralized coordination proved necessary for the supply of protective and care equipment and for the management of intensive care spaces.


  • Sweden
  • COVID-19
  • state
  • healthcare system
  • hospital
  • health inequalities
  • health professionals
  • shortages of medical equipment
  • access to health care
  • lockdown
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