Sweden has nearly 10 times the number of COVID-19-related deaths than its Nordic neighbors


Islamabad:     Sweden’s controversial coronavirus strategy has led to nearly ten times the number of deaths of other Nordic countries, and it serves as counter-argument to US citizens who are calling for the country to re-open.
Sweden has yet to order any lockdowns amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The country has left schools, restaurants, and gyms open, and while the government banned gatherings over 50 people and urged residents to self-isolate, life appears to be mostly unchanged.
Sweden’s lack of strict lockdowns is in contrast to the rest of Europe, and it has yet to see a downturn in COVID-19 cases. The country, which has a population of 10.23 million, has seen 14,777 cases so far, and 1,580 deaths from the virus.
Sweden’s Nordic neighbors, Norway and Finland, approached the virus differently, and it could be why they’re facing just a fraction of COVID-19-related deaths
Norway went into lockdown in mid-March, closing schools, restaurants, cultural events, gyms, and tourist attractions. It also banned outside travelers. Finland, which has been stockpiling medical supplies since the Cold War, restricted border traffic, banned gatherings of 10 or more people, and closed schools as part of its coronavirus guidelines.
Norway, which has only 5.368 million people, has seen 7,127 cases, and just 181 deaths. Finland, with a population of 5.5 million, has seen 3,868 COVID-19 cases and 94 deaths.