Tattoo Of Swedish Virologist Immortalised On Mans Arm

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

A Swedish man has had this tattoo of the country’s chief virologist tattooed on his arm in support of the country’s strategy to keep schools, businesses and restaurants open during the pandemic.

Gustav Lloyd Agerblad, 32, decided to have the tattoo of Anders Tegnell added after he described him as the face of the crisis and added: “I think he’s doing a good job standing in the frontline and he’s just great.”

Tegnell who works at the country’s Public Health Agency, is the architect of the controversial Swedish strategy to tackle the coronavirus which is at odds with the strategies used in other countries that involves closing schools, restaurants and businesses in order to flatten the curve and contain the outbreak.

Instead, Sweden is taking a lower key approach hoping to slow the spread of the virus with an emphasis on social distancing and hygiene. The strategy has the support of the majority of Swedes who are also overwhelmingly supportive of the government who they believe is doing the right thing.

In the latest study about the popularity of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and his government, 6 out of 10 people said they were doing a good job.

Latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University show that 2,335 Swedes have died from the disease which is lower in relation to the size of the population than in Britain, France and Spain but more than in Denmark and Norway which have also introduced tougher measures.

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