Sweden registers 6,609 new COVID-19 cases, 112 deaths on Wednesday

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FILE PHOTO: A person waring a protective mask collects coronavirus self tests from people in cars at a testing site in the car park of Svagertorp railway station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Malmo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -Sweden, whose unorthodox pandemic strategy placed it in the global spotlight, registered 6,609 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, Health Agency statistics showed.

The increase compared with high of 9,654 daily cases recorded last week.

Sweden registered 112 new deaths, taking the total to 8,279. The deaths registered have typically occurred over several days and sometimes weeks, and are added into the Health Agency’s tally which is updated four times per week.

Sweden's death rate per capita is several times higher than that of its Nordic neighbours but lower than several European countries that opted for lockdowns.

(Reporting by Johan Ahlander; editing by Niklas Pollard)