Sweden’s Coronavirus Death Tolls Rises Above 1,000

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, APRIL 10: Youth join for a drink in a pub in central Stockholm amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Stockholm, Sweden, April 10, 2020. Swedish authorities have advised the public to prac... STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, APRIL 10: Youth join for a drink in a pub in central Stockholm amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Stockholm, Sweden, April 10, 2020. Swedish authorities have advised the public to practice social distancing to steam the spread of the virus, although they have not imposed a lockdown as elsewhere in Europe. During Easter celebrations Sweden has been urged to avoid travel and visits to relatives, but people still gathering outdoor in public space, coffee shops and restaurants. (Photo by Narciso Contreras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) MORE LESS

Stockholm — The number of deaths related to the coronavirus in Sweden has surpassed 1,000.

Anders Tegnell, of the country’s Public Health Agency, says there’s been 1,033 deaths. Tegnell says 114 deaths have been reported in the last day, up from a previous 20 deaths.

Sweden is pursuing relatively liberal policies to fight the coronavirus pandemic, even though there has been a sharp spike in deaths.

In an opt-ed Tuesday, some 22 public health experts called on politicians to take control, saying Sweden’s Public Health Agency had failed. It cited the high Swedish per capita death rate compared to neighboring countries, urging politicians to take control.

Tegnell brushed off the criticism, saying the figures used by the experts were “erroneous.”

Authorities in the Scandinavian country have advised the public to practice social distancing, but schools, bars and restaurants are still open, and only gatherings of more than 50 people have been banned.

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