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Sweden reports record daily number of Covid-19 deaths, but infection rate may have peaked

Sweden, whose unorthodox pandemic strategy placed it in the global spotlight, reported a record number of Covid-19 deaths for a single day on Thursday, taking the total toll above 10,000, although new infections appear to be easing.

The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 351 more deaths since Wednesday according to statistics from the Public Health Agency with 6,580 new coronavirus cases recorded.

Yet the daily number of cases has been trending lower since late December. Some 10,185 people have now died in Sweden from Covid-19 since the pandemic began, the agency said.

The latest number of deaths are likely to have occurred over several days and weeks, with many from the Christmas period being registered with a significant delay.

Public Health Agency official Karin Tegmark Wisell said that while the number of new cases showed some signs of having plateaued, the death toll would continue to mount.

“We sadly expect that the increase will continue given the high level of contagion in the country,” she said.