Sweden registers 9,779 new COVID-19 cases, 268 deaths

Reuters

Posted at Jan 19 2021 10:54 PM

STOCKHOLM - Sweden, whose unorthodox pandemic strategy has placed it in the global spotlight, registered 9,779 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health agency statistics showed on Tuesday.

The figure compares to 17,395 cases the corresponding period last week.

The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 268 new deaths, taking the total to 10,591. The deaths registered have occurred over several days and weeks with many from the Christmas period being registered with a significant delay.

Sweden's death rate per capita is several times higher than that of its Nordic neighbors' but lower than in several European countries that opted for lockdowns. 

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