After the highest death rate in 150 years, which was recorded in Sweden in the first half of the year, in November the country recorded the largest number of deaths — more was only in the Spanish flu.
This is reported by The Local, citing a report from Statistics Sweden.
In general, according to official data, 8088 people died in Sweden in November, which is 10% higher than the average November figure for the past five years (7383 people).
Demographer Thomas Johansson called this number of deaths the highest recorded since the outbreak of the “Spanish” flu in 1918.
The death rate peaked on November 15, with 292 deaths and more deaths from November 12 to November 27 than on any day in November since 2015.
At the same time, a lower mortality rate was recorded in the second wave than in the first (from March 29 to May 1, at least 300 people died in Sweden every day).
“From the middle of the year, the number of deaths has remained at the normal level for this period, but in November the number of deaths began to rise significantly,” Johansson said.
In addition, November was the deadliest per capita in the last decade (77.9 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants).
Recall that since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Sweden, 341 thousand cases have been registered, 7.6 thousand of them have died. In addition, the WHO named Sweden one of the countries where cases of coronavirus disease were recorded on mink farms.
To save the economy, at the beginning of the pandemic, Sweden decided not to impose harsh bans, relying on the development of social immunity in the population. However, it soon turned out that this approach did not justify itself…