COVID-19 Deaths in Sweden Top 4,000 

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -
A yellow piece of fabric, which symbolizes that people want to have their rent lowered for three months, is seen on a balcony, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Stockholm, Sweden, May 12. (TT News Agency/Ali Lorestani via Reuters)

The death toll from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Sweden has topped 4,000, statistics published by the Public Health Agency showed on Monday.

The data published on the agency’s website showed that deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, had risen to 4,029 from 3,998 a day earlier, while the number of confirmed cases amounted to 33,843, up from 33,459.

Sweden has taken a soft-touch approach to fighting the virus, leaving most schools, shops and restaurants open and relying on voluntary measures focused on social distancing and good hygiene.

Accumulated deaths in the pandemic in Sweden have been many times higher relative to the size of the population than in its Nordic neighbors, but still lower than in some hard-hit countries, such as Spain and Britain, that implemented strict lockdowns.