Sweden (Reuters)-According to data released by the Ministry of Health on Thursday, Sweden has avoided imposing a lockdown during the pandemic. On October 28, 2,820 new coronavirus cases were registered, which is the highest record since the pandemic. A record for the third time in days.
In recent weeks, the number of new cases in Sweden has steadily increased. Although the disease relapses later than in large parts of Europe, it has not yet reached the peak recorded in countries such as France.
This number has increased compared to the highest record set the day before, which was revised to just over 2,400 cases on Thursday. The Department of Health stated that the peak in spring may be higher, but it was not recorded due to lack of testing.
Chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said at a press conference: “We have begun to reach the upper limit for the problems that the healthcare system can handle. As in the spring, we can reduce the curve and avoid Medical care causes stress.”
The Department of Health has also taken action to strengthen the pandemic recommendations for three other regions, including Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden’s largest cities, where infection rates have increased sharply.
Sweden mainly relies on voluntary measures. Basically, no measures have been taken, but they are still widely observed. New, stricter local recommendations have been introduced in two areas where infections have surged, including recommendations to avoid indoor environments such as shops and stadiums.
Stockholm authorities separately stated that the number of Covid-19 patients requiring care in the area has risen by about 60% in the past week, and the previously recorded infection rate has surged by nearly 80%.
Sweden registered 7 new deaths, bringing the total to 5,934. The death rate per capita in Sweden is several times that of its neighbors in Northern Europe, but it is lower than in some larger European countries such as Spain and the United Kingdom.
(Reporting by Johan Ahlander; Writing by Niklas Pollard; Editing by Simon Johnson)