Comparative CO-19 cases and deaths in Scandinavian countries
Sweden has a population of 10.2 million and has 14,777 confirmed CO-19 cases and 1,580 deaths.
Norway has a population of 5.5 million and has 7,156 confirmed CO-19 cases and 181 deaths.
Finland has a population of 5.5 million and has 4,014 confirmed CO-19 cases and 98 deaths.
Denmark has a population of 5.8 million and has 7,695 confirmed CO-19 cases and 370 deaths.
Yet, hospitals in Sweden have not been overwhelmed; figures available from last week show capacity is running at 80 per cent, and worst-case estimates around infection and death rates have simply not transpired. Unsurprisingly, Sweden has been less damaged economically.
Personal spending in Denmark is down 66%, in Finland 70%, compared to only 30% in Sweden.
Unemployment claims in Norway are rising four times as fast as those in Sweden.
And then there is the issue of so-called herd immunity.
Studies at the weekend suggested between 25-40 per cent of Stockholm may have already had the virus. It could be up to 60 per cent by late May.
Does this mean Sweden will be better able to stem, stop or see less of an impact from the second or third waves when they inevitably come? As at 21 April 2020.