Sweden, which went a special way in the corona pandemic, recorded the highest death rate in years in April. According to the Swedish statistics agency, 10,458 people died in Sweden last month, 10.3 million people – more than in any other month in the past decades.
“We have to go back to December 1993 to have more deaths in just one month,” said Tomas Johansson of the statistical office. Throughout 1993, Sweden had more than 97,000 deaths – the highest rate since 1918 when the Spanish flu was rife in Sweden.
According to Johansson, there is no official explanation for the high number of deaths in 1993. However, Sweden was hit by a flu epidemic that year.
Sweden is taking a special route in the pandemic without exit restrictions. Schools for children under 16 remained open, as did cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops. People are only asked to respect the distance regulations on their own responsibility.
The Swedish special way is criticized; the number of corona deaths exceeds that of other Scandinavian countries that had strict exit restrictions. Sweden recorded loudly until Tuesday Johns Hopkins University 3,743 deaths related to the lung disease Covid-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. The number of infections was given as 30,799.