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.
According to the Our World In Data, the UK averaged 5.75 deaths a day per million people, Belgium averaged 4.6, France 3.49 and Italy 3.
Figures from the Statistics Office have shown that more Swedes died in April than any one month since 1993.
The pandemic has caused around 3,831 deaths in the Scandanavian country.
State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has been leading the country’s response dismissed the figures.
Sweden’s neighbouring countries of Norway, Denmark and Finland have all seen far fewer deaths than Sweden.
Sweden’s strategy has aimed to bring down the curve so its health system is not overwhelmed and also allow the economy to not be affected.
Frodo Forland, Norway’s state epidemiologist, has said: “It feels like you want to support your own government and strategy.
“But Sweden is going against the whole world.”
The Swedish Public Healthy Agency has said that almost half of the deaths seen in the country have been in the nation’s care homes.
The agency believes that more than one in five people in Stockholm have developed antibodies to the virus.