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Sweden becomes country with highest coronavirus death rate per capita

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Gustavo Carr | 23 May, 2020, 07:16

Sweden, which has opted for a extra open technique in combating the virus than different European global locations, has the best variety of deaths in Europe per capita from the COVID-19 illness over the last seven days, information confirmed.

The study, based on 1,100 tests across Sweden and carried out by the country's public-health agency, found that just 7.3% of people in Stockholm had developed antibodies, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The low percentage runs counter to the strategy of the country's chief epidemiologist, who'd predicted that by keeping schools, restaurants, bars and businesses open, enough people would soon develop immunity to the infection to slow the disease from spreading catastrophically.

"It squares pretty well with the models we have", he added, while speaking at a news conference in Stockholm.

The Swedish government has not explicitly said that it is aiming for herd immunity but has said that it wishes to slow the spread of the virus in order to ensure that the capacity of its health service is not breached.

Sweden has revealed that despite adopting more relaxed measures to control coronavirus, only 7.3% of people in Stockholm had developed the antibodies needed to fight the disease by late April.

However, the herd immunity concept is untested for the novel coronavirus and the extent and duration of immunity among recovered patients is equally uncertain as well.

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Experts say populations can achieve so-called herd immunity to a virus when about 60% of people have caught it.

They have said that countries employing wholesale lockdowns to prevent any exposure to the coronavirus could face renewed outbreaks as restrictions were eased and be more susceptible to any second wave of the disease.

Bjorn Olsen, Professor of Infectious Medicine at Uppsala University, is among dozen academics who have criticised Sweden's pandemic response and labelled herd immunity a "dangerous and unrealistic" approach to dealing with COVID-19. I think that's valuable information, Kan We should not rely on it completely. The Swedish government has a modest target of carrying out 100,000 a week, Reuters reported, and is focusing mainly on health care workers and people in hospital.

Meanwhile the death toll has continued to rise, compounded by a failure to protect the old and infirm in a country famed for its welfare state. Meanwhile, Sweden's neighbors Denmark, Norway, and Finland, all of whom implemented more intense measures, have had far fewer deaths per capita.

Britton is now saying that that they might have made a mistake in their calculations.

Sweden has overtaken the United Kingdom to have the ideal coronavirus dying price in step with capita on this planet, in line with new knowledge analysed through the Our International in Knowledge site.

He said the strategy "worked in some respects ... because our healthcare system has been able to cope".