Coronavirus: Sweden’s death rate from COVID-19 surpasses USA

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Sweden has had a surge in deaths from coronavirus, surpassing the rate of the USA, according to new figures.
The Scandinavian nation controversially rejected the stricter lockdown approach of other countries in their strategy to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping most schools open, as well as stores and restaurants.
People gather for a drink at an outdoor bar in Stockholm, Sweden.
People gather for a drink at an outdoor bar in Stockholm, Sweden. (AP)
According to data from John Hopkins University, now Sweden has a death rate of 297.16 for every 1 million citizens, after 3,040 died from coronavirus. There have been 24,623 confirmed COVID-19 cases and so far 4,074 have recovered.
Comparatively the death rate in the US is 226.33 per 1 million citizens, after 74,239 have passed away from the virus.
Cafes, restaurants, primary schools, cinemas and pubs remain open in Sweden amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP/AAP)
In Sweden the lockdown-free approach has seen their death toll far exceed that of their Scandinavian neighbours like Denmark (514), Norway (217) and Finland (255) who have imposed strict measures to try and contain the spread of COVID-19.