Sweden nears 'horrifying' Covid-19 death toll of 3,000

There were another 702 cases, compared to 495 on Tuesday, taking its total to 23,918.  'We are starting to near 3,000 deceased, a horrifyingly large number,' state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told a press conference. Andrew Cuomo ordered the lockdown of the state on March 20, as the coronavirus case count surged. The nation's leading zoological parks – Dehiwala National Zoo (pictured), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala Open Zoo and Ridiyagama Safari Park – were closed for two weeks on March 14.  The Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock were closed down until further notice, on March 15. Italians have been experiencing further virus-containment restrictions after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a nationwide lockdown on personal movement on March 9. The Rijksmuseum will remain closed to public until April 6, the museum's official Twitter handle stated on March 15. The Church of the Nativity was shut down indefinitely on March 6.  Among them, according to Aftonbladet, a child aged under ten who had been in intensive care. Furthermore, those that have succumbed to the virus have had severe underlying health conditions.   Sweden has not imposed the kind of extraordinary lockdowns seen elsewhere in Europe, instead opting for an approach based on the 'principle of responsibility'. The Swedish approach has received criticism both domestically and internationally as its death toll has leapt much higher than its Nordic neighbours, which have all instituted more restrictive containment measures. Swedish officials have nonetheless insisted their plan is sustainable in the long-term, rejecting drastic short-term measures as too ineffective to justify their impact on society.