Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 6,179 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, health agency statistics showed.
The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 82 new deaths, taking the total to 12,964. 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.
Main Photo: A health worker vaccinates an elderly person with the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a temporary vaccination clinic in a church in Sollentuna north of Stockholm, Sweden. EPA-EFE/Fredrik Sandberg/TT