Sweden's anti-lockdown coronavirus chief admits death toll nearing 3,000 is 'horrifying' as young child among victims

A CHILD under ten is among latest coronavirus victims in Sweden – as the anti-lockdown health boss today admitted the country's death toll is "horrifying".

The Scandinavian nation – the only one in Europe not to implement strict lockdown measures – reported a further 87 deaths today bringing their total to 2,941.

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There were a further 702 cases compared to 495 on Tuesday – taking the total number of infected people to 23,918.

With a population of only 10.2 million, the death rate per capita is higher than the USA although lower than the UK, Italy and Spain.

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said in a press conference: "We are starting to near 3,000 deceased, a horrifyingly large number."

Among the victims is a child under the age of ten who had been intensive care, according to Aftonbladet.

Mr Tegnell told the paper it was investigating the death but did not say if it could be contributed to Covid-19.

The epidemiologist added there was a minimal risk to children and cases around the world are virtually non-existent.

Furthermore, he also said that those who have died from the virus also had severe underlying health conditions.

Mr Tegnell admitted this week that he was "not convinced" about the country’s ultra-relaxed attitude to a coronavirus lockdown.

Crowds have been photographed flocking to Stockholm’s waterfront, with some people sipping cocktails in the sun, while in close proximity to each other.

Sweden has not implemented the strict lockdowns seen across Europe – and their approach has been based on the "principle of responsibility".

Officials have allowed schools for under-16s, cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses to stay open while encouraging people and businesses to follow social distancing guidelines.

The country's approach has received widespread criticism as its death toll is significantly higher than its Nordic neighbours, which put in place strict containment measures.

Sweden's virus death rate is 291 per million inhabitants – compared to Norway's death rate of 40 per million, Denmark's rate of 87, or Finland's rate of 45.


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