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Trump: Sweden ‘paying heavily’ for not imposing coronavirus lockdown

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Trump: Sweden ‘paying heavily’ for not imposing coronavirus lockdown
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President Trump pointed out that Sweden is “paying heavily” for its decision not to lock down as coronavirus deaths in the Scandanavian country begin to rise.

“Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown. As of today, 2462 people have died there, a much higher number than the neighboring countries of Norway (207), Finland (206) or Denmark (443),” the president wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “The United States made the correct decision!”

Unlike many of its Nordic neighbors and other countries in Europe, Sweden did not impose strict restrictions on its citizens and allowed many businesses, including restaurants and hair salons, and schools to remain open.

By contrast, Finland declared a state of emergency on March 16 and shut down schools, restaurants and bars on April 1, and Denmark announced the first round of closures on March 11.