SWEDEN’S KING Carl XVI made his remarks on the Nordic country’s relaxed approach to Coronavirus during the Royal family’s annual televised review of the year.
Sweden currently has one of the highest Covid death rates per capita of any country on Earth, with 7800 fatalities from the virus alongside over 350 thousand cases. The country refused to impose any legal lockdown, leaving it up to Swedes to abide by government recommendations without any repercussions for not obeying guidelines.
“I think we have failed. We have a large number who have died and that is terrible.” said the king, “The people of Sweden have suffered tremendously in difficult conditions. One thinks of all the family members who have happened to be unable to say goodbye to their deceased family members. I think it is a tough and traumatic experience not to be able to say a warm goodbye.”
Sweden never made facemasks obligatory, and bars and restaurants have remained open throughout the year. Some say that the country’s death toll, which surpasses that of all other Nordic nations combined, is to blame on its lax measures.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven agreed with the King, saying “the fact that so many have died cannot be considered anything other than a failure.”
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