Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden seemed gloomy when she visited a military hospital in Stockholm today amid criticism of the country’s response to the corona virus crisis.
In addition to her husband, Prince Daniel, the 42-year-old heir was able to listen carefully as she spoke to staff at the institute.
It’s because Sweden refuses to enforce a lockdown, despite seeing more than 2,299 confirmed coronavirus cases and 41 deaths.
The country’s softer line has been criticized by some who have called for more stringent measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 42, today cut an elegant figure into combat boots and a burgundy wool coat while visiting a military hospital (pictured with Prince Daniel)
In addition to her husband, Prince Daniel, the 42-year-old heir spoke to staff at the Stockholm Institute
Crown Princess Victoria appeared in deep concentration while listening to the staff of the military hospital.
The mother of two wore a matching burgundy top with her striking coat and a beautiful black bag over her shoulder.
She paired the outfit with black pants and combat boots, wearing her hair in a sleek, sophisticated bun.
Meanwhile, her husband Prince Daniel wore a navy blue suit and a matching jacket, along with a royal blue tie.
The royal family’s visit comes when Sweden refuses to force a lockdown, despite seeing more than 2,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the country (photo)
Victoria (pictured next to her husband) appeared in deep concentration while listening to military hospital personnel today
The royal visit is because the number of coronavirus patients in Sweden continues to rise with more than 2,299 confirmed cases.
Taking a softer line compared to the rest of Europe, the country keeps primary schools, restaurants and bars open and even encourages people to go outside for a sip of air.
Government recommendations include working from home if you can, staying at home if you feel sick, taking social distance, and staying at home if you belong to a risk group or are older than 70.
Gatherings of more than 500 people are prohibited – compared to more than two people in Britain and Germany – and the government has advised high schools and universities to close their facilities and provide online classes.
During their visit, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were given a description of the various resources available at the Stockholm hospital
On Tuesday, the Swedish government announced that restaurants and bars should only provide table service to avoid crowds, but stopped actually closing them.
The health authorities also urged people to reconsider the trips to visit relatives at Easter.
While Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has urged people to “take responsibility” and follow government recommendations, life seems relatively normal for many in the country.
The couple seemed gloomy during their visit and listened attentively as they spoke to officials
Bars and restaurants were packed on weekends, and Stockholm’s city buses are packed during rush hours, despite social distance recommendations.
The editor-in-chief of Sweden’s largest newspaper, wrote Sunday, calling for more stringent measures or more extensive coronavirus testing.
Dagens Nyheter said, “We cannot allow human despair to repeat in Wuhan and Bergamo in Sweden. That would be a gamble that violates the most fundamental principle of society: that everyone has inherent value. ‘
The couple’s visit is because Sweden was criticized for their gentle approach to the coronavirus crisis
The growing pressure has not changed the authorities’ view that draconian measures are not effective enough to justify their impact on society.
On Monday, Johan Giesecke, the former Swedish epidemiologist and current advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), encouraged Sweden to go out and enjoy the spring sun.
“Take a friend and walk a meter apart. Don’t hug your neighbor. Take a thermos and sit on a bench. It’s also bad for your health to sit at home, ‘Giesecke told the morning show of broadcaster SVT.