The DA’s Phumzile Van Damme appeared to indirectly contradict Helen Zille’s claims on the supposed success of Sweden’s response to COVID-19, based on her series of recent tweets.
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Phumzile Van Damme took to Twitter on Monday, 16 November 2020, to share an article on the proposition of herd immunity as a way to curb the threat of COVID-19.
Van Damme quoted an article that detailed how Sweden was one of the few countries that leaned more towards encouraging herd immunity in dealing with COVID-19. Many believed that once infected and having recovered from the virus, there would be little chance of reinfection.
However, according to recent reports, the tactic did not work, as the country is said to be facing a second wave of the pandemic. A few hours before Van Damme posted her thread, the DA’s Federal Council Chairperson, Helen Zille had taken to Twitter to suggest that herd immunity had worked in Sweden. Zille is believed to have been amongst those who suggested the tactic in the country at the beginning of the lockdown.
See the posts below.
The Swedish approach was, in my view, the appropriate way to respond to the Pandemic. Evidence-based decision making. They stood alone, but stuck to their guns. A lot of lessons there, not only in the health field. https://t.co/EOHZa7SPWp
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) November 15, 2020
“New infections and hospital admissions have surged in Sweden as the country battles a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic that officials had hoped its light-touch, anti-lockdown approach would mitigate.” https://t.co/zarAgmPuO2
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) November 16, 2020