MUSLIM immigrants from Somalia and and some areas of the Middle East are heavily over-represented among those infected by COVID-19 in Sweden, according to the Public Health Authority.
Sputnik News Sweden has seen a total of 11,445 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,033 fatalities. Finland has 3,161 and 59 respectively, whereas Norway has 6,696 and 139.
During its recent press conference, the agency said that this particularly applied to Somalis, but also immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Finland, Turkey, Iran, the former Yugoslavia, and Eritrea.
“We have an over-representation of people born abroad”, state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said, singling out those with Somalia and Iraq as the country of origin. According to Tegnell, congestion in the Muslim immigrant-dominated suburbs may be a possible explanation. Another one is their adverse socio-economic background.
Homeland Security Today Stubborn Disregard for Health Warnings: 45-year-old Ahmed Farah from Stockholm blames the community for failing to heed health warnings as well as misinformation from religious scholars,
“Somalis are stubborn people who do not listen to the messages of health and institutions of health and government institutions. They also listen to wrong information with extremist ideas from religion scholars. This is not a people who read and learn about health awareness and who are careful. Somalis are not the ones who take what is going to be taken as history and learn from it.”
37-year-old Somali Mohamed Omar who lives in Garowe, Somalia agrees on the stubborn and resistant nature of Somali diaspora populations stating, “The main reason is that they have not followed the health instructions given to them. Everywhere Somalis have that problem.”
The very same day, the city of Helsinki, Finland sounded the alarm about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases among its Somali diaspora. Some 200 cases have been detected among a Somali population of about 1,000 in Helsinki. This accounts for 1.8 percent of Helsinki’s Somali population, as opposed to 0.2 percent of its Finnish population, national broadcaster Yle reported.
Earlier this month, a drastic over-representation of Somalis was reported even in Norway. As was reported, almost one in four hospitalised immigrants in Norway was Somali, despite the diaspora there constituting only 0.8 percent of the Norwegian population.
BELOW: Somali Muslims in the small town of Katrineholm, Sweden marched to the welfare office and demanded free housing, better playgrounds, more money, free immigration for all Somalis, etc etc.