King of Sweden says country ‘failed’ on Covid response

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    The king of Sweden said his country’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic had been a failure and had sharp criticism for a pandemic policy partly blamed for a high death toll among elderly people.

    Carl XVI Gustaf used an annual royal Christmas television address to highlight the growing impact of the virus as hospitals in the Stockholm region warned they were struggling to cope with a surge in cases and polls showed public confidence in the authorities had plunged.

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