As a result, thousands of the weakest died

STOCKHOLM / OSLO (Aftenposten): At least 6285 elderly Swedes in nursing homes were infected with the coronavirus. For more than four out of ten, it was a death sentence.

Oct 24 2020 07:25

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Usually Lena Granlund answered the phone with a gentle “Hi, it’s you”. But something was different when her daughter Ulrika Kukulska called her on March 20 this year. The 75-year-old mother sounded tired, as if she had given up. There was no spark.

The same Friday, the former pastry chef Lennart Nyström, Lena’s 89-year-old neighbor at Berga care and nursing home outside Stockholm, died. He became the nursing home’s first victim of covid-19. Three days later, Lena also got a fever. Before July 1, 23 out of 95 residents of the home were confirmed dead of the coronavirus.

Sweden has twice as large a population as Norway. But the country has 16 times as many corona deaths in nursing homes. The death in the nursing homes has shaken the Swedes. The debate about what failed has been going on all autumn. Were the old ones simply chosen away?

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