Sweden registers 9,123 new COVID-19 cases, 242 deaths since Friday

FILE PHOTO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden, whose unorthodox pandemic strategy has placed it in the global spotlight, registered 9,123 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health agency statistics showed on Tuesday.

The figure compares to 9,779 cases the corresponding period last week.

The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 242 new deaths, taking the total to 11,247. The deaths registered have occurred over several days and sometimes weeks.

Sweden’s death rate per capita is several times higher than that of its Nordic neighbours’ but lower than in several European countries that opted for lockdowns.

(Reporting by Johan Ahlander; editing by Niklas Pollard)

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