Recession in Australia as GDP drops 0.3 per cent, Victoria records seven new COVID-19 cases, Australia death toll at 102

Recession in Australia as GDP drops 0.3 per cent, Victoria records seven new COVID-19 cases, Australia death toll at 102

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The laxer approach to containing the virus has drawn both praise and indignation from across the globe. What is beyond debate, however, is the effect the strategy has had on the country’s death toll.

At 43 deaths per 100,000, Sweden’s death rate is among the highest globally and far exceeds that of neighbouring Denmark and Norway, which imposed much tougher lockdowns at the outset of the pandemic.

Now, Tegnell has for the first time admitted publicly that the strategy is resulting in too many deaths. “Clearly, there is potential for improvement in what we have done in Sweden,” he said.

Despite criticism from abroad, Tegnell’s strategy enjoyed widespread support in Sweden.

But with many other European Union countries now rolling back their lockdowns after appearing to bring COVID-19 under control, there are signs that Sweden may be left behind. That includes the freedom of movement of its citizens, as some EU countries restrict access to people coming from what are deemed high-risk COVID zones.

On Monday, Lofven promised there’d be an inquiry into the handling of the crisis before the summer.