Sweden has the highest death rate in the world - and it’s getting even worse

People enjoy the warm evening at Sundspromenaden in Malmo, Sweden, on May 26, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. - The sign reads 'In Malmo everything is near. But now, we need to keep distance'. (Photo by Johan NILSSON / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JOHAN NILSSON/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

Sweden now officially has the worst coronavirus death rate in the world, calling in to question its controversial decision not to impose lockdown as the pandemic swept through Europe.

In early March, the country opted for minimal restrictions, including the banning of public events of more than 50 people, barring visits to care homes, non essential travel and anti-crowding rules in bars and restaurants.

The measures had a positive effect despite critics questioning Sweden's non-authoritarian approach. But from early April, the numbers began to change, showing the country's death toll was starting to climb.

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A healthcare worker takes off and disinfects protective mask after treating patients infected with COVID-19 virus at the intensive care unit (ICU) in Stockholm's Sodersjukhuset hospital on June 11, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the sunny weather at an outdoor restaurant in Stockholm on May 30, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the sunny weather in Tantolunden park in Stockholm on May 30, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the sunny weather in Tantolunden park in Stockholm on May 30, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
People erect a maypole for midsummer celebrations in Sahl near Leksand, Sweden, on June 19, 2020. - In the small village of Sahl in Dalarna, midsummer is celebrated to a lesser extent and the elderly in the village stay at home or keep a distance due to the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ulf PALM / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ULF PALM/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a press conference to present the coronavirus commission launched to evaluate Sweden's coronavirus strategy on June 30, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by ALI LORESTANI / various sources / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ALI LORESTANI/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Passengers get ready to check in at Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 2, 2020, for the first chartered TUI flight to Rhodes in Greece since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Stina STJERNKVIST / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by STINA STJERNKVIST/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
a group of tourists walk in an empty hallway of the Stoa of Attalos at the Ancient Agora, in Athens, on June 30, 2020, as the country opens up to tourism follwoing a lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. - EU announced a list of countruies whose citizens will be allowed to enter EU countries. Greece extended the ban for direct flights from UK and Sweden until July 15th, while opening the peripherial airoprts on July 1st. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP) (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wears a face mask as she waits at a bus stop with an information sign asking people to keep social distance due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on June 26, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Stina STJERNKVIST / various sources / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by STINA STJERNKVIST/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
People dance around a maypole for midsummer celebrations in Sahl near Leksand, Sweden, on June 19, 2020. - In the small village of Sahl in Dalarna, midsummer is celebrated to a lesser extent and the elderly in the village stay at home or keep a distance due to the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ulf PALM / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ULF PALM/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Hakan Lidbo, an inventor from Stockholm, walks with his Corona hat on June 15, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. - Hakan Lidbo, an artist, musician and inventor created a helmet from a reverse sensor, batteries from a Hoover and a globe that he cut in half that sounds an alarm when anything comes within 1.5 meters of the wearer of the corona hat. Lidbo does not plan to produce the hat commercially and does not wear it regularly although he has tested it out in the Sodermalm neighborhood of Stockholm where he works. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker cleans and disinfects after treating patients infected with COVID-19 virus at the intensive care unit (ICU) in Stockholm's Sodersjukhuset hospital on June 11, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman jogs past sunbathers next to a canal at Djurgarden in Stockholm, on May 26, 2020, as temperatures reached 20 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Anders WIKLUND / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ANDERS WIKLUND/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker cleans and disinfects an ambulance after dropping a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the warm evening at Sundspromenaden in Malmo, Sweden, on May 26, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. - The sign reads 'In Malmo everything is near. But now, we need to keep distance'. (Photo by Johan NILSSON / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JOHAN NILSSON/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 21: A general view as people take part in the Ascension Day Church Service at Gustav Vasa Church on May 21, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden, a country of about 10 million people, has maintained more of an open society as it grappled with the coronavirus pandemic. It is one of several European countries observing the Ascension Day public holiday on Thursday. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)
Healthcare workers put on protective gear as they prepare to receive a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker cleans and disinfects an ambulance after dropping a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 12, 2020 shows a man on a bench as chairs are put on tables to maintain social distances amid the new coronavirus pandemic at a shopping center in Stockholm. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker takes off his protective gear after cleaning and disinfecting an ambulance at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 12, 2020 shows people keeping social distances at a shopping center amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Stockholm. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
A sticker of the Stockholm municipality with the reading "summer hang out with respect, keep the distance" is placed on a pavement in the heart of the city on May 11, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wears a protective face mask in Stockholm on May 8, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A man and a woman wear protective face masks in Stockholm on May 8, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
An advertisement of the Swedish healthcare services instructs people to stay home if they are sick, on May 8, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the warm weather as they sit at Kungstradgarden in Stockholm on May 8, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A journalist is seen in front of a screen as the Swedish Public Health Agency releases the new total number of people who died due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, during a press conference to update on the situation on May 25, 2020 in Solna near Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
Sweden's Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren (C) looks on as health worker Gun Bjorling (R) administers a Covid-19 test at a drive-in-test station in Alvsjo, Stockholm, Sweden, on May 6, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. - Several mobile test stations, primarly for health care workers, are set up around Stockhom to fight the Covid-19 disease. (Photo by Jonas EKSTROMER / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JONAS EKSTROMER/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman sits outside her nursing home in Stockholm on May 4, 2020 during the new coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. - Sweden, whose softer approach to the coronavirus has garnered international attention, admits it has failed to adequately protect the elderly, with around half of COVID-19 deaths occurring among nursing home residents. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is reflected on an advertisement of the healthcare services of Sweden to instruct people to follow the 2 meters rule to reduce the risk of getting sick in Stockholm on May 4, 2020 during the new coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A man uses a Swedish version of the Covid Symptom Tracker app on his smartphone in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 29, 2020. - Sweden's Lund University developed the app to provide information about the spread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 in Sweden. (Photo by Fredrik SANDBERG / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by FREDRIK SANDBERG/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Swedish Red Cross volunteers shop goods to elderly people in Nacka, near Stockholm on April 29, 2020, to protect them from exposure to the new coronavirus. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
Picture taken on April 29, 2020 shows a memorial in Stockholm's Mynttorget square in memory of loved ones lost to the new coronavirus featuring candles, flowers and handwritten notes, some of which express frustration over Sweden's softer approach to curbing the illness. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
Medical staff in protective clothing takes a sample for a novel coronavirus Covid-19 test at a test facility in a tent outside Skane University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, on April 29, 2020. - The Skane region started Covid-19 tests for health care employees in tents at several hospitals in the region. (Photo by Johan NILSSON / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JOHAN NILSSON/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
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Figures published by Our World in Data shows Sweden now has the highest death rate per capita in the world. In the seven days between May 12 and 19, Sweden reported, on average, 6.25 Covid-19 deaths per million per day.

The current Covid-19 death toll stands at 4,226 - almost 40 deaths per 100,000 people.

Yahoo News looks at three key factors in the Swedish government's decision to not impose a full lockdown and how they may have contributed to the rise in fatalities.

'Restrictions' on restrictions

The legal framework within which the government of Sweden operates does not directly allow it to impose draconian measures, such as a widespread or nationwide shutdown.

This is because there is no provision in the Swedish constitution that allows the imposition of a state of emergency during peacetime crisis. There are, however, provisions to do so if there is a war.

But on 16 April, the Swedish parliament passed a bill that granted the government decision-making powers to tackle the pandemic. The bill took effect two days later.

The government may use the powers close schools, restaurants, gymnasiums and businesses - but does not give it power to impose a nationwide curfew.

Voluntary measures 'easier to keep in place'

While Sweden suggested many familiar rules that other nations were following - such as keeping distance from others, refrain from going to work and avoid non essential journeys - the advice was issued by the country's Public Health Agency, rather than by the government.

As such, Sweden's 'restrictions' were more advisory than ruling, trusting that Swedes should exercise "common sense" and use "good judgement" when going about their daily lives.

But the country's former state epidemiologist, Annika Linde, has expressed doubts about the strategy adopted by the Swedish health authority, saying:

"Most likely, we would still be a bit worse off (than other Nordic countries) but better off than we are now, and we would possibly have gained time to prepare the strategy to protect the elderly," she said.

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Spain´s King Felipe VI (2R) and Queen Letizia (2L) walk at Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca on June 25, 2020, during their national tour after the national lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus was lifted. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP) (Photo by JAIME REINA/AFP via Getty Images)
Dutch King Willem-Alexander visits Nedschroef in Helmond on June 25, 2020. - The visit focuses on the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the automotive industry. (Photo by Rob ENGELAAR / various sources / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by ROB ENGELAAR/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 24, 2020: A Russian soldier wears a face mask in Lenin Square during a Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II. Victory Day parades across Russia have been postponed from 9 May to 24 June due to restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS (Photo by Kirill Kukhmar\TASS via Getty Images)
Medics from Beijing Fengsheng Special Hospital of Traditional Medical Traumatology and Orthopaedics prepare for their shift at the Jinrong Street testing site, inside a room where a Communist Party flag and a piece of red tissue with words that reads "Beijing Fengsheng Special Hospital of Traditional Medical Traumatology and Orthopaedics" (back on wall) in Beijing on June 24, 2020. - China reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, including seven cases domestic cases in Beijing. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)
People leave a Costco outlet with a trolley full of toilet paper as fears of a second wave of COVID-19 have sparked a rush on some supermarket items in Melbourne on June 24, 2020. - Major supermarkets in the state of Victoria have reimposed buying limits on toilet paper and other essentials after a renewed escalation in demand sparked fears of a return to scenes of panic-buying seen early in the pandemic. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)
VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA - JUNE 24, 2020: A woman takes a picture as WWII-era military hardware from the collection of the 20th Century Hardware in Primorsky Territory patriotic club takes part in a Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II. Victory Day parades across Russia have been postponed from 9 May to 24 June due to restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Yuri Smityuk/TASS (Photo by Yuri Smityuk\TASS via Getty Images)
A woman reacts as she has her nasal swab sample collected by a health worker during a mass test for the new coronavirus at the local district office in Tanah Abang in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Afghan yoga enthusiasts perform to mark International Yoga Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Sergej Trifunovic, the leader of the Free Citizens Movement (PSG), an opposition party, casts his ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Serbia's ruling populists are set to tighten their hold on power in a Sunday parliamentary election held amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus in the Balkan country and a partial boycott by the opposition. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
A man wearing a mask as a precaution against coronavirus performs rituals at Sangam, the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna during solar eclipse in Prayagraj, India, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A lifeguard stand is decorated with a large mask to remind people to wear masks as precaution against the new coronavirus at a beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
People wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus take photos of a partial solar eclipse near the Forbidden City in Beijing, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A man sits wearing a mask as a precaution against coronavirus as Hindu devotees perform rituals at Sangam, the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna during solar eclipse in Prayagraj, India, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A man, wearing a protective face mask, pushes a dolly filled with empty containers, as he and a child go in search of water in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, June 20, 2020, during a relaxation of restrictive measures amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Bride Jazmin Sanabria and her groom Joel Adorno, wearing protective face masks amid the new coronavirus pandemic, walk down the aisle in the first wedding ceremony since 101 days of quarantine at the Virgen del Rosario church, in Luque, Paraguay, Saturday, June 20, 2020. The government is easing restrictive measures, authorizing the opening of some stores, restaurants and churches that had been closed since March 10, as part of a plan coined, "Intelligent Quarantine." (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Women buy vegetables through a protective plastic due to COVID-19, in a street market in Barranco neighborhood, in Lima, Peru, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
People participate in an anti-government demonstration one week ahead of the presidential election in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 20, 2020.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 18: Kid mannequins with masks are placed by the tables diagonally to protect customers' social distance as part of coronavirus (Covid-19) precaution at Beyoglu district in Istanbul, Turkey on June 18, 2020. (Photo by Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Firefighters wearing protective suits spray disinfectant at National Monument area to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a news briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House May 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. McEnany discussed various topics including the Trump Administration’s handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
ACEH, INDONESIA - JUNI 18 2020 : Indonesian brides and men wear face masks as required during the wedding, amid fears of a COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Lhokseumawe, on Juni 18, 2020, Aceh Province, Indonesia.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Fachrul Reza / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Fachrul Reza/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
dpatop - 14 October 2020, Brazil, Sao Paulo: Cemetery workers in protective suits shoveling earth at the Vila Formosa cemetery in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo in the middle of the Corona pandemic. Photo: Lincon Zarbietti/dpa (Photo by Lincon Zarbietti/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is still continuing in the country, a guard of Gyeongbokgung Palace wears a protective mask with a goblin pattern at the entrance of the palace, which is currently not being opened to the public due to Covid-19 in Seoul, South Korea on June 18, 2020. (Photo by Chris Jung/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 16, 2020: Servicewomen rehearse a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in WWII. Held annually on 9 May, the 2020 parade was rescheduled by Russia's President Vladimir Putin for 24 June amid the coronavirus pandemic. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat Sorokin\TASS via Getty Images)
BEIJING, June 16, 2020 -- Members of the Beijing Blue Sky Rescue(BSR) team conduct disinfection at the Yuegezhuang wholesale market in Beijing, capital of China, June 16, 2020. Beijing has disinfected 276 farm produce markets and closed 11 such underground and semi-underground markets as of 6 a.m. Tuesday to better curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Chen Yankai, deputy director of the municipal market supervision bureau, told a press conference on Tuesday. A total of 33,173 catering service providers have also been disinfected, Chen added.(Photo by Chen Zhonghao/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A vendor walks through a flower market after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Kolkata on June 17, 2020. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of a university laboratory wearing protective gear is pictured at a community health centre as the government collects swab samples from residents to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Banda Aceh on June 17, 2020. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP) (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Commuters have their temperatures checked as they arrive at the entrance to Hong Kong's Disneyland on June 17, 2020, a day before the theme park's doors reopen following nearly five months of closure in a fresh boost for a city that has largely managed to defeat the COVID-19 coronavirus. - It is just the second Disneyland around the world to resume services during the pandemic after Shanghai turned its lights and rides back on last month. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
A waiter answers a client at La Coupole restaurant, Monday, June 15, 2020 in Paris. Paris is rediscovering itself, as its cafes and restaurants reopen for the first time since the fast-spreading virus forced them to close their doors March 14. Restaurants outside the Paris region opened earlier this month, and Paris cafes were allowed to serve people outside but not open their doors. After three months of losses, some restaurateurs fear it will take a long time for business to come back. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 16: A nurse wearing a protective suit and mask takes a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 from a person who either visited or lives near the Xinfadi Market at a testing facility at a Sport Center on June 16, 2020 in Beijing, China. From June 11 to June 16, Beijing reported a total of 106 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (covid-19), the number of new infection has risen after no new cases for nearly two months. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Cemetery workers wearing protective gear against the new coronavirus, walk after carrying the coffin of 72-year-old Monica Lagos to her grave at the Manantial cemetery in Santiago, Chile, Monday, June 15, 2020. According to her grandaughter Ninoska Vasquez, who works as an assistant at a health center, Lagos died from complications related to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
A commuter wearing a goggle and protective face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus sits on the seat of a subway train in Beijing, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. China reported several dozen more coronavirus infections Tuesday as it increased testing and lockdown measures in parts of the capital to control what appeared to be its largest outbreak in more than two months. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - JUNE 12: A personnel wears a face shield as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Hayuelos Mall in Bogota, Colombia, on June 12, 2020. After almost 3 months of imposing the semi-lockdown regulations to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Colombian government started the transition to new normal with opening offices, shopping malls, and other places on conditions of following health protocols and maintaining social distance. (Photo by Juan Jaiver Torres Padilla/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A German tourist takes a sunbath at the Riu Concordia hotel swimming pool in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Monday, June 15, 2020. Borders opened up across Europe on Monday after three months of coronavirus closures that began chaotically in March. But many restrictions persist, it's unclear how keen Europeans will be to travel this summer and the continent is still closed to Americans, Asians and other international tourists. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)
Workers walk across a banquet hall which is generally used for weddings that has been converted to makeshift coronavirus hospital as the Indian capital struggles to contain a spike in cases. in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 15, 2020. India is the fourth hardest-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world after the U.S., Russia and Brazil. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A student arrives at school for the first day of class since the lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, June 15, 2020. Some children in urban areas returned to school Monday. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
15 June 2020, Yemen, Sanaa: Medical workers talk while checking on patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital, where coronavirus (Covid-19) patients are treated. Photo: Hani Al-Ansi/dpa (Photo by Hani Al-Ansi/picture alliance via Getty Images)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JUNE 15: A staff member of the Balearic Islands Tourist Office holts a fakt sheeet for the tourists waiting to check in for a TUIfly flight to Mallorca at Frankfurt Airport on the first day that package tours are resuming since March during the coronavirus pandemic on June 15, 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany. The travellers are participating in a test project in which the Spanish government is allowing up to 11,000 tourists from Germany to travel to the Balearic Islands. Spain, which was hit especially hard by Covid-19, has begun to ease pandemic lockdown measures, though tourist travel is still restricted. The project is meant to test the viability of reopening the country to tourism. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)
Shoppers queue outside Zara in Belfast, northern Ireland, Monday, June 15, 2020. After three months of being closed under coronavirus restrictions, shops selling fashion, toys and other non-essential goods are being allowed to reopen across England for the first time since the country went into lockdown in March. (Liam McBurney/PA via AP)
Knowsley Safari Park re-opens following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Knowsley
fans applause inside the car during the performance of Punkrock band Rogers in Auto concert in Bonn, Germany, on June 13, 2020. (Photo by Ying Tang/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man looks out from his window in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Authorities in Venezuela are extending a quarantine keeping millions of residents across the South American nation at home through mid-July to control the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Passengers walk through the airport wearing face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Cancun, Mexico, Saturday, June 13, 2020. In Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, tourism is the only industry there is, and Cancun is the only major Mexican resort to reopen so far. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz)
A member of Black Lives Matter movement, wearing a protective mask against the spread of coronavirus, raises her fist during a protest in central London, Saturday, June 13, 2020. British police have imposed strict restrictions on groups protesting in London Saturday in a bid to avoid violent clashes between protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as far-right groups that gathered to counter-protest.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Protesters hold signs during a demonstration calling for the defunding of the police department Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Philadelphia, over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis used the island of Santorini to announce that Greece is 'ready' to welcome tourists, on June 13, 2020 (Photo by Aggelos Barai/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Gente con mascarillas para protegerse del coronavirus mientras viajan en metro en Taipei, Taiwán, el sábado 13 de junio de 2020. (AP Foto/Chiang Ying-ying)
Workers in protective suits direct people who was either living surrounding the Xinfadi wholesale market or have visited to the market to get a nucleic acid test at a stadium in Beijing, Sunday, June 14, 2020. China is reporting its highest daily total of coronavirus cases in two months after the capital's biggest wholesale food market was shut down following a resurgence in local infections. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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One of Sweden's few restrictions was a ban on visiting elderly people in care homes. However, Public Health Agency figures show that almost half of the country's fatalities linked to coronavirus happened in residential homes.

However, there has been no clear reason for how elderly care home deaths rose so sharply in the country, although it is believed factors could include new arrivals to the homes, residents returning from hospital, asymptomatic staff and a lack of testing early on.

But Sweden's Health minister Lena Hallengren said the responsibility lay with 'countless actors' - as described the tragic number of care home deaths as a "society wide failure".

"Nobody can say anything other than that it is a society-wide failure that the infection entered the homes of the elderly and that we had in fact not equipped elderly care to cope with this situation, given of course that no one has really been able to figure out how to prevent this from ever happening," said Hallengren.

She continued: "I can't say that the government assumes all responsibility. That would be unreasonable when there are thousands of care homes and hundreds of actors.

"The main responsibility rests with the employers to make sure that their employees have the education they need to do their jobs, that they have the equipment they need to feel safe and be safe.

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