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Sweden reports 14,950 new COVID-19 cases, 43 deaths since Friday

Reuters WORLD
Published May 04,2021
Healthcare workers put on protective gear as they prepare to receive a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, has registered 14,950 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health agency statistics showed on Tuesday.

The figure compared with 14,911 cases during the corresponding period last week.

The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 43 new deaths, taking the total to 14,091. 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 most European countries that opted for lockdowns.