STOCKHOLM, April 27 (Reuters) – The number of new covid -19 cases in Sweden has decreased in the past week, but infections are still at a high level and it is too early to say whether the trend will continue, says the health authority on Tuesday.
Sweden has experienced a serious third wave of pandemics and the number of patients treated in intensive care has been the highest since last spring, even though deaths have been low.
The country, which has avoided shutdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 14,911 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health statistics showed on Tuesday, the lowest figure this weekend in five weeks.
“We saw a decrease of about 10-11% last week,” said chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell at a press conference. “There is still a very high spread in Sweden. It is too early to claim any victory,” he said.
Sweden registered 225,000 vaccination shots since last Friday, which took a total of over 3 million administered doses. Almost 28% of all adult Swedes have received at least one shot vaccine.
The country with 10 million inhabitants registered 45 new deaths, which gives a total of 13,968. Deaths in Sweden have been among the lowest in Europe in recent months, due to large vaccine intake among the elderly.
Sweden’s death rate per capita is many times higher than in its Nordic neighbors, but lower than in most European countries that chose lockdowns.
Reporting by Johan Ahlander; Editing by Simon Johnson
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