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Voice of America 22 May 2020

As Deaths Soar, Doubts Grow Over Sweden's Exceptional COVID-19 Response


Sweden has Europe's highest per capita death rate in past week #Sweden

European diplomats say the war of words between Washington and Beijing is not helpful in understanding where the new coronavirus came from and how to prevent the next pandemic.…
Rachel Maddow reports on how Ireland identified long-term care facilities as being the greatest source of COVID-19 deaths and concentrated resources on that problem, and notes that the United States could consider a similar strategy though likely without help from the derelict federal administration. Aired on 04/16/2020.
The UK has suffered 64,000 more deaths than usual over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

An extra 14,000 deaths have been reported that are not officially attributed to COVID-19, with large numbers in care homes.

Deaths per million are higher in the UK than in Italy and France, but lower than in Spain and Belgium.

Boris Johnson said last month that the only accurate way to compare COVID-19 death rates with other countries was by using excess deaths statistics.
President Obama said during a phone conference that "tribal" behavior has created what he's seen as an inadequate White House response to COVID-19.

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