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Sweden acknowledges that it should have applied stricter measures against the coronavirus pandemic

June 3, 2020

Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who coordinates the fight against coronavirus in Sweden, admitted this Wednesday for the first time that the country should have taken stricter measures to lower mortality rates, which are among the highest per capita in the world today.

“If we found ourselves with the same illness and the knowledge that we now have, our answer would be halfway between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world did,” Tegnell said in a radio interview Bloomberg.

The Nordic country, where 43 people per 100,000 people die, far above neighboring Denmark and Norway, has not imposed any strict restrictions or closed restaurants, shops or a gym. “There is of course room for improvement in what Sweden has done,” said Tegnell.

Sweden acknowledges that it should have applied stricter measures against the coronavirus pandemicSweden acknowledges that it should have applied stricter measures against the coronavirus pandemic

The Swedish authorities reported 65 more deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, bringing the preliminary death toll to 4,468. The balance of people infected with the new coronavirus is currently 38,500.