May 7, 2020 / 12:25 PM / a month ago

COVID-19 deaths in Sweden pass 3,000 - Public Health Agency

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden talks to reporters after a news conference on the daily update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation, in Stockholm, Sweden May 6, 2020. Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Deaths in Sweden from COVID-19 passed 3,000 on Thursday, the Public Health Agency said, far more than in neighbouring Nordic countries.

The official death toll has now reached 3,040, up from 2,941 on Wednesday.

Sweden has taken a softer approach to fighting the coronavirus, leaving most schools, shops and restaurants open and relying on voluntary measures focused on social distancing and good hygiene.

Deaths in Sweden has been far higher relative to the size of the population than in Denmark, Norway and Finland, where authorities have taken a stricter approach. But they have been lower than in Britain, France and Spain, where there have also been lockdowns.

Reporting by Johan Ahlander, editing by Johannes Hellstrom

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