Sweden’s Covid death rate among lowest in Europe, despite avoiding strict lockdowns
New WHO figures show pandemic wrought ‘staggering toll’ of almost 15m fatalities, but harsh restrictions were not the key to beating virus
“Sweden’s death rate during the Covid pandemic is among the lowest in Europe, despite the country refusing to impose strict lockdowns, according to new figures from the World Health Organisation.
The UN health agency released estimates of excess deaths - people who died directly and indirectly from Covid - showing the pandemic had wrought a “staggering toll” worldwide, with 14.9 million fatalities, three times higher than fatalities officially reported.
Britain, according to the new data, had a lower excess death rate than Spain, Germany and Italy.
Experts said the difference demonstrated stringent lockdowns alone did not determine success when battling Covid-19.”