A total of more than 40.8 thousand individuals had been confirmed infected in the country as of June 3, 2020, and the total number of deaths related to the virus has reached 4,542 as of that date. Most of the deaths occurred among older age groups, from 70 years and older, and the largest share was among individuals in the age group from 80 to 90 years old, where the number of deaths related to the coronavirus had reached a total of 1,867, also as of June 3. A highly contributing factor to the large number of deaths among the elderly is that the virus started to spread with nursing homes, the death numbers from which account for around half of all coronavirus deaths.
How does the outbreak of the coronavirus affect the Swedish economy? Growth forecasts for the Swedish economy expect a recession as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak. By March 2020, several Swedish enterprises had experienced a drop in the demand and sales for their products, and many companies had to lay off employees.
According to several surveys from March 2020, more than a third of Swedish respondents thought that the government handled the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic very or quite well. According to another survey, the highest level of trust in authorities and institutions went towards the health care system, while the government provoked less trust. Most Swedes also seemed to be worried that the outbreak of the coronavirus will slow down economic growth.