Sweden registers new record-high 1,870 COVID-19 cases in a day

Reuters

Posted at Oct 27 2020 10:49 PM

A woman strolls through the Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden on October 22, 2020. The Swedish government and the Public Health Agency on Thursday removed specific coronavirus pandemic recommendations for people aged over 70 and other risk groups despite increasing spread of the virus. Due to the mental and physical health risks of isolation, current recommendations now apply to all citizens. Amir Nabizadeh/TT News Agency via Reuters/file

STOCKHOLM - Sweden, whose light-touch pandemic strategy has gained global attention, registered 1,870 new coronavirus cases on October 23, the highest since the start of the pandemic, Health Agency statistics showed on Tuesday.

The increase compares with a high of 1,698 daily cases recorded in late June. The Health Agency has said the peak during the spring was probably much higher but not recorded due to lack of testing.

Sweden's official death toll decreased with 15 cases since Friday, taking the total to 5,918 deaths. No explanation was given for the decrease but the death count has previously been changed after the actual cause of death has been determined.

Sweden's death rate per capita is several times higher than Nordic neighbours but lower than some larger European countries, such as Spain and Britain.

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