Sweden’s rate of new coronavirus infections is now in dramatic decline and is lower than Denmark and Norway for the first time since March and the start of the pandemic.

The rate of infection in Sweden was far above the rate of Scandinavian neighbors who decided to close the countries.

“Sweden has gone from being one of the most infected in Europe to one of the least infected, while many other countries have seen a rather dramatic increase,” Anders Tegnel, the country’s chief state epidemiologist, told a news conference earlier this week. , and transmitted by the British Telegraph.

According to data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Sweden registered an average of 12 new cases per million people last week, compared to 18 in Denmark and 14 in Norway.

The death toll is currently averaging two to three a day, which is more than the hundred deaths a day that Sweden had in mid-April.

W Stockholm in, the center of the Swedish pandemic in April and May, recorded last week, the lowest number of new cases in March.

Unlike Denmark and Norway, Sweden never imposed a blockade of the country, leaving kindergartens, most schools, bars, restaurants, shops and offices open during the pandemic. Denmark recorded 179 new cases at the same time on Friday, the highest daily number after more than four months.

Sweden has so far recorded 5,832 deaths from COVID-19, which is six times more than in Denmark (627) and Norway (264) combined.

Sweden also tests less per capita than Denmark and Norway, averaging 1.2 tests per 1,000 people according to data from the end of last month. By comparison, Norwegians test 2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants, and Danes 5.9 per 1,000 inhabitants.

Questions are still being asked about the initial belief in Sweden that a less restrictive policy in the fight against the virus will gain faster immunity to the virus.

On Thursday, the Swedish Health Agency released new tests on the prevalence of antibodies among blood donors, which showed that now about seven percent of the population has antibodies and in Stockholm almost 12 percent.

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Synthia Rozario
An editorial staff member at The Eastern Herald. Formerly, correspondent of The Eastern Express, Hong Kong.