Italy and Sweden have one thing in common right now — they are both bucking the trend regarding the increasing number of coronavirus cases worldwide. Yet Sweden was one of the very few nations in the world to not go into lockdown, and many now think that their strategy has paid off. So far, the country has recorded 5, deaths and 94, cases. Meanwhile, Italy has recorded 35, deaths and , total cases. An immediate conclusion one can draw from this comparison is that Sweden managed to tackle the coronavirus without shutting down its entire economy, and they still managed to avoid recording more deaths than Italy did. However, it was always inevitable that countries with larger population sizes were going to experience a higher number of deaths compared to smaller countries.
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Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. Sweden began cracking down on overcrowded bars Sunday in a marked departure from its lax approach to the coronavirus that had garnered international criticism. The bars police targeted were allegedly flouting social distancing guidelines, AFP reported. Sweden, with a population of some People drink and eat at an outdoor restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, April 26, , amid the coronavirus pandemic. Data has shown most Swedes obeying the rules.
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W hen Chloe Fu, 24, went for a run on Monday evening, the streets of Stockholm were filled with people drinking on restaurant patios, enjoying the first warm day of sunshine after a long winter. As many public spaces throughout Europe empty out—with citizens only leaving home for essential groceries or medication—life in Sweden is carrying on, mostly as usual. Children walk to school while adults meet up for dinner at their local bar.
While the rest of Europe, and even to an extent, the rest of the world was going under lockdown, the United Kingdom and Sweden decided to take up a different strategy. No lockdown was issued. Even restaurants and nightclubs were open, and both countries were using herd immunity as their COVID response plan.