Sweden’s chief epidemiologist recently said the country’s high death toll is connected to a mild flu outbreak, CNBC reports.
- “When many people die of the flu in the winter, fewer die in heat waves the following summer. In this case, it was COVID-19 that caused many to die,” Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, according to CNBC.
- “What has now been seen is that the countries that have had a fairly low mortality for influenza in the last two, three years, such as Sweden, (also) have a very high excess mortality in COVID-19,” he said, according to The Times newspaper.
- “The same trend has been seen in several countries. This may not be the whole explanation but part of it.”
Public health officials in Sweden have considered adding tighter restrictions after seeing the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, Bloomberg reports.