The problem with Sweden’s approach to avoid social distancing and other restrictions is already taking a toll. In a country of only 10 million people, there are 9,141 confirmed cases and 793 people have died as of April 9. Disease experts fear that this number will rise rapidly.
Sweden isn’t the only country to delay more serious public health measures. Both Japan and Russia have only recently decided to implement stricter measures in the face of their own coronavirus epidemics.