Sweden saw fewer COVID-19 deaths than majority of Europe

0
43
Sweden saw fewer COVID-19 deaths than majority of Europe

Sweden saw a lower overall mortality rate than most European countries, according to data from the World Health Organization.

The Scandinavian country — home to over 10 million people — famously snubbed the strict lockdowns that brought much of the global economy to a standstill.

WHO’s report of excess deaths — people who died directly and indirectly from COVID-19 — shows a whopping 14.9 million fatalities worldwide.

While many European countries accepted lockdowns as a last resort after failing to get a handle on the pandemic with other methods, Sweden controversially relied on voluntary measures, such as social distancing and personal hygiene.

In 2020 and 2021, the country had an average excess death rate of 56 per 100,000 – compared to 109 in the UK, 111 in Spain, 116 in Germany, and 133 in Italy, WHO data shows.

A sticker on the ground in Stockholm reminds people to follow a 2-meter separation rule.
A sticker on the ground in Stockholm reminds people to follow a 2-meter separation rule.
AFP via Getty Images
Sweden mostly relied on individual measures, like social distancing and personal hygeine.
Sweden mostly relied on individual measures, like social distancing and personal hygiene.
TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Ima
Guests enjoy their meal next to restricted tables at a restaurant.
Guests enjoy their meal next to restricted tables at a restaurant.
TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Ima

“These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

While Sweden sits below most other major European nations, the country performed worse than its neighbor Denmark, which tallied 32 excess deaths per 100,000, while Norway logged one fewer death per 100,000 than expected. 

Source link