Sweden records their highest death tally in 150 years

A man wearing a protective mask walks past the Royal Swedish Opera, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo by Reuters

Stockholm, Sweden — Sweden records their highest death tally in 150 years in just the first half of 2020.

The country registered 51,405 deaths in judt between January and June of 2020. This is more than 6,500 fatalities (or 15%) of what was recorded on 2020 over the same period.

This is the highest death tally Sweden has recorded during the first half of the year since 1869. On 1869, the country was struck by famine and 55,431 people passed away due to it.

Apart from recording it’s highest death tally, the country has also recorded the lowest population increase since 2005 having a surplus figure of 6,860 in 2020. This was much less than half that of the previous year.

The immigration figures of Sweden has also seen a reduction of 34.7% from the same period in 2019. The figures are seen to be primarily dropping in the second quarter between April and June.

The coronavirus death toll of Sweden had reached over 4,500 by early June. According to Johns Hopkins University, it now stands at 5,802.