Sweden had most COVID-19 deaths per capita in Europe over last week: report
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.
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 Paul (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.
Sen. Rand Paul: “I don’t think you’re the end all. I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci: “I have never made myself out to be the end all and only voice in this. I’m a scientist, a physician and a public health official.” pic.twitter.com/Nqlg3zOqn3
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 12, 2020
President Trump 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.