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State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden speaks during a news conference updating on the coronavirus pandemic, in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 27.
State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden speaks during a news conference updating on the coronavirus pandemic, in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 27. Janerik Henriksson/TT News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden has not reported any deaths from Covid-19 for more than a week, data from the country’s Public Health Agency shows. According to the Swedish Public Health Agency’s data last updated on Monday, the last fatality was recorded on Aug. 23. 

In the past 24 hours, the country has reported 43 new Covid-19 cases. 

Sweden has been seen as an outlier in the way it has handled the pandemic because of its seemingly relaxed approach, which imposed only light restrictions on daily life compared to other European nations. 

In total, the country has reported 5,808 deaths from the novel coronavirus, which corresponds to 576.38 deaths per million. 

This is more than the United States (553.07), but less than other European countries where the death toll has also been high, such as Spain (620.49), the United Kingdom (611.3) or Italy (586.77), according to information from research platform Our World in Data, which is based at the University of Oxford.

Sweden, however, has a much lower population density than all of these Covid-19 hotspots. 

The number of deaths per million in the country is much higher than some of its closest neighbors, with similar low population densities, namely Denmark (107.73), Finland (60.46), Norway (48.7) or Estonia (48.25).

Remember: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said Sweden should not be America’s model for pandemic response. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Gottlieb wrote that the United States should continue focusing on containing the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

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