Bars in Stockholm remain open, even as the death toll rises in the Swedish capital [Picture taken March 26, 2020/Colm Fulton/Reuters]

A spike in novel coronavirus infections and deaths in Stockholm has raised questions about Sweden‘s decision to fight the outbreak without resorting to the lockdowns that have left much of Europe at a standstill.

Governments across Europe have closed schools and taken draconian measures to limit exposure to possible carriers, with Germany, for example, enforcing bans on more than two people meeting in public.


Among Sweden’s Nordic neighbours, Denmark has closed its borders and shut its schools, as has Norway, while Finland has isolated its main urban region.

Yet Swedes are able to go to restaurants, get a haircut and send

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