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Letters Comparing covid-19 response in UK and Sweden

Covid-19 in Sweden and the UK: Risk, the Game of Life

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 20 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4068
  1. Des Spence, GP
  1. Maryhill Health Centre, Glasgow G20 8BZ, UK
  1. destwo{at}

Excess death is the only hard number that we have for covid-19.1 In the UK, we are seeing a surge in new cases but not a similar surge in deaths (although there is often a lag of a few weeks).

The key matter, surely, is to establish a true case fatality rate. The reported fatality rate is currently falling, linked to the fact we can now …

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