STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden, whose unorthodox pandemic strategy placed it in the global spotlight, registered 4,703 new coronavirus cases since Thursday, Health Agency statistics showed on Friday.
The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 138 new deaths, taking the total to 10,323. The deaths registered have occurred over several days and weeks with many from the Christmas period being registered with a significant delay.
Sweden’s death rate per capita is several times higher than that of its Nordic neighbours but lower than several European countries that opted for lockdowns.
(Reporting by Johan Ahlander; editing by Johannes Hellstrom)