Sweden had most COVID-19 deaths per capita in Europe over last week: report

Sweden had most COVID-19 deaths per capita in Europe over last week: report
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Sweden had the highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the last seven days out of every European country, according to a Reuters report published Tuesday. 

Sweden, which has remained more open than other nations amid the coronavirus pandemic and taken a "herd immunity" approach, had 6.25 deaths per million inhabitants per day in a rolling seven-day average between May 12 and May 19, Reuters reported, citing data from Ourworldindata.org. 

The United Kingdom was the second highest, averaging 5.75 coronavirus deaths per million people in the same time period. 

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Sweden has reported a total of 30,799 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,743 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

It has taken a different approach than other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving businesses open and instead encouraging residents to follow social distancing practices on a more voluntary basis. 

During a Senate hearing last week, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill MORE (R-Ky.) said “we ought to look at the Swedish model” as the U.S. moves forward with its coronavirus response.

“I don't think there's anybody arguing that what happened in Sweden is an unacceptable result. I think people are intrigued by it and we should be,” Paul said as he pushed for U.S. schools to reopen. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE in April said Sweden is “paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown” and said the U.S. made the “correct decision” in its approach to the coronavirus pandemic.