In Sweden, which has not locked down bars, restaurants and other social venues, there are close to 20,000 infections, and 2355 people have died. International affairs editor Philip Turle, says authorities argue the death toll is far less per capita than other European countries such as France or Spain, while business has remained open. Even so, their death rate is nearly six times that of neighbouring Norway and Finland.
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France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.
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During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.