Sweden reported 1400 coronavirus fatalities in the past month, according to the Financial Times, more than a dozen times the number in Norway and Finland, which have half the country’s 10.2 million population.
That pushed total deaths in Sweden last month to 8088 – more than 10 per cent above the norm for November and the highest toll for that month in more than 100 years.
Sweden ought to be outperforming other Nordic countries: only two-thirds of its population live in a big city and almost half of Swedes live alone. But its 14-day cumulative number of 738.8 cases per 100,000 people is now the fifth-highest in Europe.
Norway’s comparative figure is 99, Finland’s is 112 and Denmark is on a more wobbly 523.7, but with a far lower death rate.
Norway and Denmark aren’t particularly tropical.
Excess deaths from other things haven’t spiked in the UK. It’s mostly the covid. Deaths track well with case numbers, so can you explain exactly how less people will die if you get rid of the lockdown? How do you imagine that working? Have a massive spike in cases, but somehow make sure that no one vulnerable gets it so you don’t have a massive spike in deaths?
Turns out to be really really hard to achieve. No one has managed to pull that off yet, without controlling it in the larger community. No one who has largely let it go in the larger community has achieved herd immunity yet.
In Australia, keeping it from escaping quarantine centers for travelers has proved to be tricky. We’ve stamped it out with more localized lockdowns when that happens, but it’s still tricky to stay on top of.
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