Covid-19 made Sweden the most deadly month in 27 years

Swedish people adhere to social spacing
Swedish people adhere to social spacing

More Swedes died in April 2020 than any other month since 1993, according to the country’s statistics agency, as the number of deaths from Covid-19 continued to rise.

According to Reuters, Sweden does not apply strict blockade measures like other countries, and Covid-19 mortality rate in this country is also higher than neighboring Scandinavian countries such as Finland, Norway or Denmark.

The pandemic has caused about 3,700 deaths since the first case was reported in March, but has not been as deadly as some seasonal flu over the past three decades, when the number of deaths from flu. in December 1993 and January 2000 higher, according to the Swedish statistical office.

The number of deaths in December 1993 was 11,057, while the number of deaths in April this year was 10,458.

In terms of mortality compared to the size of the population, in January 2000 there were 110.8 deaths per 100,000 people, higher than the rate of 101.1 people in April this year.

Twice with the unusually high number of deaths in 1993 and 2000 due to the strong seasonal flu outbreak in Sweden at this time.

In total, 97,008 Swedes died in 1993, the highest number since the Spanish flu outbreak in the country in 1918.

Covid-19 mortality rate in Stockholm area is higher than some big cities in the US such as Chicago or Boston, according to the New York Times.

Swedish officials choose not to block drastically nationwide, and believe that people will follow government recommendations to stay safe. Schools, restaurants, gyms and bars remain open, with social spacing rules in place. The limit for gathering is no more than 50 people.

Two months after the outbreak, the worst situation people envisioned didn’t happen. The number of people dying from Covid-19 in Sweden are mostly elderly in nursing homes, similar to the case of some other European countries, but hospitals are not overcrowded. It may take months or even years before the full picture of mortality appears.