Swedish authorities said Thursday they have recorded more than 2,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the country, while revising earlier statements about when the capital Stockholm crossed the peak of infections.
The Swedish Public Health Agency said it had recorded 16,755 confirmed cases of new coronavirus and 2,021 deaths.
The agency also corrected a report it released earlier this week on Stockholm, the epicenter of the Swedish epidemic.
The report, based on statistical modeling, initially indicated that the capital region had passed the peak of concurrent infections on April 15 with 86,000 people suspected of having been infected.
However, on Thursday it revised the date to April 8, with some 70,500 people suspected of being infected.
“The number of people infected is still at a high level, now is not the time to relax the precautionary measures,” deputy state epidemiologist Anders Wallensten said in a statement.
The agency also said in the report that it expects 26% of Stockholmers will be infected with the new coronavirus by May 1.
Sweden did not impose the extraordinary foreclosures seen across Europe, but urged citizens to take responsibility and follow official recommendations. Gatherings of more than 50 people were prohibited, as were visits to retirement homes.
The strategy has been closely examined as its mortality rates have exceeded its northern neighbors, Finland, Denmark and Norway, all of which have implemented more restrictive containment measures.
Karolinska University Hospital on Thursday confirmed the death of a 40-year-old nurse who tested positive for COVID-19.
The hospital, however, told the SVT broadcaster that while the nurse was on sick leave for COVID-19 symptoms, the cause of death had not yet been confirmed.
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