Sweden has highest covid-19 death rate per capita

Grigory Matyunin 21-May-2020
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Further doubts have arisen over Sweden’s refusal to impose a tight lockdown as it overtakes the UK, Italy and Belgium as the country with the highest per capita death rate.

Between the 13th and 20th May, Sweden had an average of 6.08 deaths per million citizens per day, exceeding that of the UK where the figure was 5.57.

However, this figure is only based on one week and other countries were suffering more than Sweden throughout the pandemic as a whole.

Anders Tegnell, a Swedish state epidemiologist, stated that focusing on figures for one week was misleading. “This is something we should look at when it’s all over,” he told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. “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.”

Other Scandinavian countries have imposed significantly tighter lockdowns leading to dramatically lower death rates. Epidemiologists throughout these countries, including Sweden, have criticised Tegnell’s approach.

The news that only 7.3 percent of Stockholm residents had covid-19 antibodies casts further doubt on the prospects of herd immunity.

Sweden’s response to the coronavirus has been unorthodox. Bars and restaurants have been permitted to stay open. Schools stayed open. Gatherings of up to 50 were permitted.