Sweden counts coronavirus deaths in care homes but many countries do not

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Swedish Radio News reports many countries in Europe and in the United States are mostly recording COVID-19 deaths from hospitals, and don't include deaths from nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.

In Sweden, however, deaths from the coronavirus at nursing homes are counted toward the official tally of how many have died from the disease. For example, Stockholm medical officials said a third of deaths recorded last week came from nursing home residents.

If someone is showing symptoms for the coronavirus but dies before a test is carried out, it's up to the attending physician to decide whether or not to carry out a test post-mortem.

Listen to the report to hear more.