Sweden is approaching ‘horrific’ death toll of 3,000 from coronavirus with 87 new fatalities, including one child under ten
- State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell called it “a horrifically large number”
- Among them, it has been reported that children under ten died in intensive care
- Tegnell said death was being looked at, but assured the public that it was highly unusual
- Sweden has taken a softer approach to the rest of Europe, leaving schools, cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses open
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Sweden is approaching the “horrific” death toll of 3,000 from coronavirus, with 87 new fatalities, including a child under ten.
The Scandinavian country, which took a softer approach to the virus, reported an additional 87 deaths, compared to 85 fatalities the day before. There were 702 cases, compared to 495 on Tuesday, bringing the total to 23,918.
“We are starting to kill nearly 3,000, an awfully large number,” state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said at a news conference.
Among them according to Aftonbladet, a child under the age of ten who had been in intensive care. Tegnell told the newspaper that it was investigating death, but would not confirm whether it was due to COVID-19.
“We’re starting to die nearly 3,000, a horribly high number,” state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said at a news conference
The epidemiologist added that there was a minimal risk to children and that there are no cases worldwide. In addition, those who have succumbed to the virus have serious underlying health problems.
Sweden has not imposed the kind of extraordinary lockdowns seen elsewhere in Europe, instead opting for an “accountability” approach.
It has ensured that schools for young people under 16, cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses can remain open, while encouraging people and businesses to respect the social distance guidelines.
The Swedish approach has been criticized both nationally and internationally, as the death toll has risen much higher than its Scandinavian neighbors, who have all taken stricter restrictive measures.
The Swedish virus death rate of 291 per million inhabitants is much higher than the Norway death rate of 40 per million, the rate for Denmark of 87 or the rate for Finland of 45.
In the United States, where most coronavirus deaths have occurred, the toll rate per million population is 219 lower than in Sweden.
People have lunch at a restaurant in Stockholm, during the April 22 coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 – scenes like this haven’t been seen in the UK since March 23
The Swedish virus death rate of 291 per million inhabitants is much higher than the Norway death rate of 40 per million, that of Denmark of 87 or that of Finland of 45. Pictured: doctors put on protective clothing in a Stockholm hospital in April
Swedish officials have nevertheless insisted that their plan be long-term and reject drastic short-term measures as too ineffective to justify their impact on society.
On Tuesday, the Swedish Civil Contingency Service released a survey showing that most Swedes had changed their behavior and were following those changes, “and in some areas people are reporting an increase in changed behavior.”
“Nearly nine in ten respondents (87 percent) say they are more distant this week from other people in shops, restaurants, and public transportation, compared to 72 percent last week,” the agency said in a statement.