Sweden Tops US in Covid Cases Per Million People

Mish

Covid cases have soared in the US, but Europe is worse.

Sweden Brings in Rule of Eight Per Table

Sweden has spiked past the US in Covid cases per million. 

Once a model of doing little, Sweden Brings in Rule of Eight for Diners.

Sweden has limited to eight per table the number of people sitting together in cafes and restaurants, amid a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.

"We have a very serious situation," Prime Minister Stefan Löfven warned, saying the virus was "going in the wrong direction".

Sweden has reported 31 Covid deaths since Friday, taking the death toll to 5,969 - far higher than its neighbours.

Mr Löfven also announced stricter recommendations - including working from home if possible and avoiding public transport - for another three regions: Halland, Örebro and Jönköping,

More than 134,000 people have been infected in the Scandinavian country since the start of the pandemic.

Other European Developments

  • France has reported 854 deaths linked to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. It's the country's highest daily death toll since mid-April and double the figure recorded on Monday
  • The Netherlands is introducing extra lockdown measures. Museums, cinemas, sex clubs and other public places will close for two weeks. A "rule of two" applies outdoors, and households are allowed a maximum of two guests a day
  • Germany's health minister warned that the country was in a crucial phase of its fight against the outbreak, after it entered a month-long "lockdown light" on Monday
  • The number of people dying in the UK is more than 10% above normal levels - with almost all of the excess linked to Covid, official figures showed
  • Greece expanded a night curfew on movement, shutting restaurants, theatres and museums in the most populous regions - including the capital Athens - for a month
  • New lockdowns come into force at midnight in Portugal, too, affecting around 70% of the country's population

New Deaths Per Million 

New Deaths Per Million 2020-11-03

In order, Spain, France, Italy, the UK, the US, and Germany lead in new deaths per million. 

Those six countries all have over 1 death per million. 

Spain, France, Italy, and the UK lead the way with 8.1, 6.4, 3.9, and 2.0 deaths per million.

The US is in fifth place in this group at 1.7 deaths per million.

It is impossible to post every country on that chart. 

I selected the largest countries in the EU plus Sweden, the US, Canada, and Asian countries at the low end of the scale for comparison purposes.

Mish

Comments (28)
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njbr
njbr

It really is sad when basic public health measures--masking, distancing, testing and tracing--are controversial.

And because the effectiveness of those are doubted and those measures are ignored, shut-down becomes the only option to prevent the collapse of the medical system and overwhelming the health-care workers.

Ohhh, the shutdowns are soooo bad...

So then wear an effing mask, keep your distance, don't spend a lot of time indoors in contact with people you don't know, push to fund effective and uniform testing, and support tracing.

Otherwise we have to go through another shitshow shutdown.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Look at spikes in suicide, attempted suicide and psychosis of one form ot another. Total tragedy, unreported, severe psychological pain.k

Sechel
Sechel

Paging scott atlas

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

I feel quite 'offended' Mish, you forgot to mention Belgium, my little Belgium, we are definitely 'the Big Champion', heading for 12000 deaths as we are, on a 11 mln population.... Btw, we all tend to wear masks and keep distance when necessary...except university students that is, I live near the famous university city of Leuven, know what I am talking about.....and then there s Brussels and Antwerp with a vast proportion of, not willing to integrate, immigrants( Maghrebis most of them) not giving a fck about the measures...

ColoradoAccountant
ColoradoAccountant

I saw something once that Somalis in Sweden disproportionally contribute to the statistics as they live in multigenerational households. Is that still true?

NewUlm
NewUlm

Yes, they are having a fall spike that is still lower than most of the EU. They are still having cases, but country after country is passing them up in deaths per million. Sweeden is currently at 17 (not great) but France with mask orders, lockdowns and rule after rule will pass them within days. And we have to get through another winter to see how this will pan out with neighboring countries - my guess they will catch-up in cases/hospitalizations but not deaths since we have reduced compilation death by 70% since April - treatments are better.

Plus, the measures seem reasonable since most are recommendations (which are more effective than orders) and tables of 8 at 100% full restaurants are as about as minimal as it gets.

bradw2k
bradw2k

All Trump's fault.

Carl_R
Carl_R

If you want to watch for evidence of herd immunity, the first states where you will see it should be North and South Dakota, where about 6% of the population has tested positive. If herd immunity kicks in, their daily cases should start dropping, but so far, have not.

For a smaller sample, I'm watching Clay County in my state, Nebraska. It has a population of 654. So far they have 202 positive tests, so about 30% of the population. Are cases slowing? You'd think, but no. They have 69 positive tests in the last 2 weeks. At that rate, in another 5 weeks, they will hit 80%, and should have herd immunity, one way or the other.

Webej
Webej

People have been wearing masks around here in record numbers the past 6 weeks.
Even outside on their bicycles at 3am with nobody within 200 meters.
The outcome has been an unprecedented numbers of tests, and now even stricter lockdown measures.

EGW
EGW

Great, the number of people getting tested is increasing because finally, we have testing kits readily available. Now please show us the data on used ICU capacity by category.

smhayden1
smhayden1

There is a second wave of cases in Sweden with a peak of 2.5 times the first case peak.
But the second wave has a death rate to case rate about 10 percent of the first wave.
To understand that mucosal IgA is created by accidental intestinal exposure in the first wave. So that the immune systems in the community respond faster in the second wave due to prior intestinal exposure. So low dose exposure in food and drink is creating low-level immunity and lower severity and much lower death.See www.digestivecovid.com
www.antivirusair.com

Cforbes
Cforbes

Mish, you are really losing your readers. Read the comments. What happened to your balanced analysis?


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