Scientist admits Sweden could have battled virus better

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s chief epidemiologist has shown some contrition as criticism has grown over the country’s hotly debated approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The country has stood out among European nations and the world for the way it handled the virus, not locking down the country but relying on people to social distance  But those moves have resulted in one of the highest death rates per capita in the world.  Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency told Swedish radio that “I think there is potential for improvement in what we have done in Sweden, quite clearly.” Sweden has seen 4,468 deaths linked to COVID-19, far more than its Nordic neighbors.