STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife Queen Silvia held a church ceremony Thursday to honor the victims of the coronavirus.
The memorial service turned into held on the chapel of the Drottningholm Palace, right outdoor Stockholm, on the one-year anniversary of the first demise of the pandemic in the Scandinavian nation.
The royal couple participated, nonetheless Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel might maybe presumably maybe no longer attend as they every examined obvious for COVID-19 earlier in the day.
The royal court docket talked about in an announcement that the Crown Princess and her husband safe soundless symptoms and “are feeling neatly interested in the circumstances.”
Sweden has stood out for its comparatively soundless response to the pandemic. The nation shunned lockdowns and relied as an alternate on electorate’ sense of civic responsibility to manipulate infections.
As of Thursday, better than 13,100 other folks had died of COVID-19 in the nation, a long way more per capita than in Sweden’s neighbors nonetheless fewer than in other European nations that did implement strict lockdowns or curfews.
The monarch — Sweden’s head of notify whose feature is purely ceremonial and who has no political energy — talked about in December that he believes his nation had did no longer present protection to the aged in care houses from the outcomes of the pandemic.
His feedback adopted the conclusions by an honest payment that regarded into Sweden’s handling of the pandemic. It talked about that aged care in Sweden has predominant structural shortcomings and authorities safe proved unprepared and in heart-broken health-equipped to fulfill the pandemic.
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