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Britain is not taking a Swedish approach to the coronavirus, foreign minister says

Key Points
  • "I don't accept that characterization," Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said when asked if Britain was now taking a more Swedish approach to coronavirus restrictions.
  • Sweden avoided a lockdown and instead emphasized personal responsibility, social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Britain announced new measures on Tuesday to try to control the rapid spread of the virus but has been criticized for not going far enough.
Dominic Raab, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs walks in Downing Street on September 3, 2019 in London, England.
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Britain is not taking a Swedish approach to COVID-19 said foreign minister Dominic Raab when asked if new measures were part of a plan to live with the virus, rather than try to get rid of it.

"I don't accept that characterization," Raab told BBC Radio when asked if Britain was now taking a more Swedish approach.

Earlier this year, Sweden avoided a lockdown and instead emphasized personal responsibility, social distancing and good hygiene in a bid to slow rather than eradicate a disease deemed here to stay.

Britain announced new measures on Tuesday to try to control the rapid spread of the virus, but those restrictions have been criticized by some scientists for not going far enough.