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Following Sweden's decision not to institute a lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, the country's death rate is now one of the highest in the world.

Over the past week, Sweden has seen 5.59 deaths per million people, significantly higher than the global average of 0.49 deaths per million people.

Earlier this week, Sweden's state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell admitted that his country is in a "terrible situation."

Following Sweden is Brazil, with 4.51 deaths per million people, San Marion with 4.21 deaths per million, Peru with 4.12 deaths per million, and Britain with 3.78 deaths per million.

Over the past week, the number of deaths in Sweden has been greater than that of the US, which recorded 2.98 deaths per million. Belgium has seen 2.49 deaths per million, while Italy has seen 1.55, Russia 1.02, and France with 0.98 deaths per million people.

Meanwhile, Russia has published the number of deaths in Moscow for the month of April, but the true number is believed to be 2.5 times higher than the official count. Moscow's health services have said that 1,561 people died in the city of coronavirus during April, compared to the 636 which were initially reported to have died of the disease.

"The method of counting takes into account debatable cases which are unclear as to whether or not they were caused by coronavirus," the Russian Health Ministry said. Russia has over 396,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and the total number of deaths across the country stands at over 4,500.