Sweden ‘lock-free’ hit by Europe’s highest new Covid cases with more intensive care patients than first wave

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Stefan Lofven said not locking was a bad call


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SWEDEN, a country that has avoided lockdown, now has the highest number of Covid cases in Europe and has more intensive care patients than the first wave.
The Scandinavian country has a seven-day average of 625 new infections per million population, according to new data.

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People line up for their Covid-19 vaccine at the Stockholmsmässan center in Stockholm, SwedenCredit: Reuters

In France, the infection rate is 430, in Poland, 521, 208 in Germany and 430 in the Netherlands.

Despite the surge in cases and patients in intensive care, the death toll in the country has not risen as sharply, according to ourworldindata.org.

The Swedish intensive care register said 392 people were being treated in intensive care units on Monday.

This was more than the peak of the second wave of 389 in January.

It comes after the King of Sweden lambasted the country’s anti-lockdown strategy.

King Carl XVI Gustaf told state broadcaster SVT in a year-end interview that the death toll in Sweden was “terrible”.

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Stefan Lofven said not locking was a bad call

The 74-year-old said: “The Swedish people have suffered tremendously under difficult conditions.

“I think we failed. We have a large number of deaths, and it is terrible.

“We think of all the family members who were unable to say goodbye to their deceased family members.

“I think it’s a difficult and traumatic experience not to be able to say a warm goodbye. “

The country’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven also said the non-lockdown was a bad call.

He says health officials in Sweden misjudged the power of the virus resurgence by choosing not to lock in during the first wave.

“I don’t think people in the profession saw such a wave in front of them; they talked about different clusters, ”he told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on Tuesday.

The country could finally be placed on a severe lockdown as the government last week asked for power to shut down shops and gyms amid a surge in Covid cases.

So far, the country has relied on guidelines rather than rules such as wearing masks and closing restaurants.

The anti-lockdown strategy, however, has backfired, with Sweden reporting 17,000 deaths from the virus in recent months.

Despite the surge in cases and patients in intensive care, the death toll in the country has not increased as sharply3
Despite the surge in cases and patients in intensive care, the death toll in the country has not increased as sharplyCredit: Reuters

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