Huge hearts in the sky: the inhabitants of Stockholm and its region were surprised to see hovering over their heads Thursday several hearts drawn with planes, a way to pay tribute to the victims of the new coronavirus .
Traced at almost 3000 meters above sea level, these ephemeral drawings of another kind were quickly swept across the blue Swedish sky. “It is a tribute to the victims (of the coronavirus, editor’s note), but also to those who have lost their jobs”, especially in the aviation industry, tells AFP Jacob Holländer, one of the two pilots at the origin of the works.
With his colleague Bengt Andersson, the two professionals, members of an air show team, say they wanted to “spread the joy” in the air.
Sweden has chosen an original approach in Europe by not confining its population to fight the Covid-19. On Thursday, the kingdom’s death toll reached 5,500 dead for more than 74,000 cases. Compared to its population, the Scandinavian country has the fifth worst mortality rate per million inhabitants due to Covid-19 in the world, five to twelve times higher than that of its northern neighbors (Norway, Finland, Denmark).