Sweden has the highest number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized since the pandemic began, with the government initially avoiding austerity measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus to protect the economy.
Unlike most other European governments, the Swedish government did not recommend the use of surgical masks, did not close any sectors of the economy, did not impose a lockdown, and simply urged citizens to voluntarily follow the rule of social distance and take care of their personal hygiene.
The country of about ten million people now records more than 7,500 deaths due to Covid-19, a mortality rate much higher than the rates recorded by its neighbors. However, the number of victims is lower than those recorded by countries such as Britain, Italy, Spain and France, countries that have imposed very strict measures. However, concern is growing over the rapid pace of hospital admissions, especially in Stockholm, where intensive care units are on the verge of saturation.
According to the public television network SVT, 2,389 patients with Covid-19 are being treated in hospitals.
With information from ΑΠΕ – ΜΠΕ, Reuters