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Sweden has recorded 6.08 deaths per million inhabitants, higher than the UK, USA and Italy. According to figures collated by the Our World in Data website – Sweden recorded the figures on a rolling seven-day average between May 13 and May 20. The figures will throw Sweden’s outlier coronavirus strategy into doubt. The country has been one of the only not to implement a strict lockdown.
State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has been leading the country’s response dismissed the figures.
He said to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper: “This is something we should look at when it’s all over.
“It is of course terrible that we have such a higher death toll at our elderly care homes, and there are lessons to be learned for those who work in these institutions.”
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Many people who believe the lockdown implemented over many countries in Europe has been too strict have looked to Sweden as an example of why restrictions should be eased.
The country has kept open schools, bars and restaurants and they have continued to allow gathering of up to 50 people.
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