17 December

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 74,356,000, with over 1,651,000 deaths and 42,097,000 recoveries.

Japan reported record numbers of confirmed new daily cases this week, surpassing the 3,000 threshold for the first time, in what could be described as a third wave affecting both Japan and neighbouring South Korea.

Sweden experienced a death toll higher than its neighbouring countries during its second Covid-19 resurgence observed in November.

Sweden stood out among European nations for the way it has handled the pandemic, by not mandating lockdowns like other nations but instead relying on citizens’ sense of civic duty.

An independent commission reported that the government failed to protect the nation’s elderly and the country proved unprepared to meet the pandemic.

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