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Sweden passes 3,000 coronavirus deaths as Scandinavian nation turns into battleground for lockdown debate

Sweden passes 3,000 coronavirus deaths as Scandinavian nation becomes battleground for lockdown debate

Sweden has recorded greater than 3,000 coronavirus deaths, with the aged bearing the brunt of the pandemic. However the Scandinavian nation has up to now prevented the apocalyptic predictions made by its critics.

The nation’s Public Well being Company has registered 99 new Covid-19 fatalities, bringing the dying toll to three,040. Sweden presently has 24,623 confirmed circumstances of the virus. It has discovered itself on the forefront of a heated debate over the effectiveness and necessity of lockdowns. The Swedish authorities determined towards shutting down colleges and companies, opting as an alternative for a holistic method that focuses extra on defending susceptible teams. Whereas residents have been urged to abide by social distancing measures, Swedish authorities haven’t enforced these measures with fines and threats of arrest seen in different international locations.

Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist, has admitted that his nation has struggled to protect the aged from the illness. In response to the official tally, folks aged 80 or older make up round two-thirds of Sweden’s deaths. Many of those deaths have occurred in nursing properties – a tragic pattern seen throughout a lot of Europe.

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Critics of Sweden’s method to the pandemic have identified that the nation has a a lot larger dying toll than its Scandinavian neighbors. Nevertheless, in deaths per million folks, Sweden is surpassed by various international locations with strict lockdowns, together with Belgium, Italy, France and the UK.

Notably, fashions which prophesized tens of 1000’s of deaths in Sweden have been all however discredited. A extremely controversial mannequin put ahead by Imperial School London (ICL) prompt that by refusing to lock down, Sweden would cross 40,000 deaths shortly after Might 1, and proceed to rise to almost 100,000 deaths by June.

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