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Coronavirus: Sweden and Poland are the last European countries to peak


The only European countries that have not exceeded their coronavirus peak are Sweden and Poland, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The blocking measures in Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and other European countries have led to an 80 percent decrease in the 14-day incidence of the virus since the peak on April 9.

However, the 14-day incidence in Poland and Sweden is "at the highest level observed so far," said the ECDC.

So far, Sweden has 49,684 confirmed cases

To date, Sweden has had 4,854 deaths

To date, Sweden has had 4,854 deaths

Of the countries monitored by the ECDC, 28, including Poland, have a current incidence rate of 14 days out of 20 cases per 100,000 population, Euro News reported.

In the UK and Portugal, the 14-day incidence rate is between 20 and 100 per 100,000 population, and Sweden is the only country where the rate is over 100 cases per 100,000 population.

"Increasing tests in Sweden could partially explain this increase," said the ECDC in its recent rapid risk assessment.

Almost two thirds of Swedish infections were reported after April 23, which is six percent of cases reported in the 31 countries since then.

Only the worst affected countries in Europe, the UK, Italy, Spain and France, had higher cases.

Sweden did not impose a strict ban like the rest of Europe, but relied on the voluntary social distancing of its citizens.

Pictured: people who make contacts in Stockholm on April 26 and do not distance themselves socially

Pictured: people who make contacts in Stockholm on April 26 and do not distance themselves socially

Pictured: A busy street in Stockholm during rush hour on May 29 amid the coronavirus pandemic

Pictured: A busy street in Stockholm during rush hour on May 29 amid the coronavirus pandemic

Although the decision was considered controversial by most European countries, the ECDC found that Google's mobility data showed a decrease in movement in Stockholm County.

In the week of April 6, 49 percent fewer people used public transport, 48 percent fewer people who worked at their workplaces and 30 percent fewer people who went to retail and leisure spaces.

After infection clusters were reported in coal mines, the number of cases in Poland also accelerated rapidly.

Poland reported over 1,150 coronavirus cases last weekend alone, at least half of which were coal miners.

Pictured: Medical experts test miners at the BolesLaw Smialy coal mine in Laziska Gorne in the Silesian Voivodeship in Poland on June 11th

Pictured: Medical experts test miners at the BolesLaw Smialy coal mine in Laziska Gorne in the Silesian Voivodeship in Poland on June 11th

Nevertheless, the country announced on Wednesday that it would reopen its borders for EU countries on June 13.

The Prime Minister's office said in a statement that only random checks are carried out, "just like before the coronavirus pandemic.

“Travelers get back the right to free entry, exit and transit through the territory of Poland.

"You will not be quarantined."

Poland began easing the country's block in mid-May and most shops, including restaurants and bars, are now open.

So far, Poland has 28,577 confirmed cases, with 1,222 deaths surpassed by 49,684 confirmed Swedish cases and 4,854 deaths.

By comparison, the UK, which has some of the highest infection and death rates in the world, has 294,401 confirmed cases and 41,566 deaths, according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

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