‘Sweden has seen its lowest increase in the coronavirus death toll for almost a fortnight, with only 17 fatalities reported on Friday.
The number of new cases also fell again to 466, following a two-day peak of 700+ cases per day.
The low figures come despite the country not enforcing a lockdown, piling pressure on the UK and other countries that did enact stricter measures to contain the virus.
The totals, announced at 2pm today, are surprisingly low compared to the sharp increase Sweden had been experiencing during the week.
The country’s total number of cases now stands at 10,151, with 887 confirmed deaths.
However, trends in the data released by the country’s Public Health Authority show that confirmed deaths and cases fall over the weekend before rising again, because of what is believed to be a delay in reporting.
The Stockholm and Sörmland regions have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
However today people were seen enjoying the sunshine outside cafes and bars in the Swedish capital on the eve of Easter Sunday, after officials did not enforce a shutdown.’