Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 5,335 new coronavirus cases on Friday, health agency statistics showed.
The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 35 new deaths, taking the total to 13,146. The deaths registered have occurred over several days and sometimes weeks.
Sweden’s death rate per capita is many times higher than that of its Nordic neighbours’ but lower than in several European countries that opted for lockdowns.
A handout photo made available by The Royal Court of Sweden shows Swedish King Carl Gustaf XVI (L) and Queen Silvia lighting candles during a Memorial service at Drottningholm Palace Church in Stockholm, on the anniversary of the first reported COVID-19-related death in Sweden. EPA-EFE/Kate Gabor