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Asa Wernsten works at the sampling station for the coronavirus (Covid-19) test at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, for travellers who arrive with international flights on February 22, 2021. - Sweden in January adopted a pandemic law giving the government new powers to curb the spread of the virus. The country has never imposed the type of lockdown seen elsewhere in Europe, controversially relying on mostly non-coercive measures. It has however gradually tightened measures since November. (Photo by Claudio BRESCIANI / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT(AFP)

Sweden's capital Stockholm hit by 100% spike in Covid-19 cases in just 3 weeks

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:26 PM IST
  • With the current infection rates, the capital area has seen a “small” increase in the number of people “so seriously ill that they are in need of hospital care,” Johan Bratt, the acting health and medical care director for the Stockholm region, said in a statement on Wednesday.
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(L-R) Sweden's Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and the Swedish Public Health Agency's Secretary General Johan Carlsson attend a press conference.(AFP)
(L-R) Sweden's Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and the Swedish Public Health Agency's Secretary General Johan Carlsson attend a press conference.(AFP)

Sweden to probe international adoptions amid worries over illegal practices

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 07:00 PM IST
Swedes have adopted about 60,000 children from around the world since the 1950s, according to the daily Dagens Nyheter, many of them from Asia and South America.
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Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk's art book, The Lost Soul, hits bookstores(Twitter/7StoriesPress/tokarczuk_olga)
Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk's art book, The Lost Soul, hits bookstores(Twitter/7StoriesPress/tokarczuk_olga)

Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk's art book, The Lost Soul, hits bookstores

AP
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 04:54 PM IST
  • Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk experiments with form and translates The Lost Soul, from Polish to English and merged with illustrations to produce a picture book to attract readers of various ages and backgrounds
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Passengers wearing protective masks enter an underground railway station in Stockholm, Sweden, January 7, 2021.(REUTERS)
Passengers wearing protective masks enter an underground railway station in Stockholm, Sweden, January 7, 2021.(REUTERS)

Swedish government seeks wider powers to shut businesses if third wave hits

Reuters, Stockholm
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:35 PM IST
Sweden has avoided the kind of strict lockdowns adopted across much of Europe since last spring, but has gradually tightened restrictions, especially after infections surged in autumn last year.
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According to the organisers, the participants will collaborate on digital innovations to create functioning solutions to predetermined challenges like "lethal accidents in traffic, safe and sustainable transport, air pollution/emissions from the traffic sector, infrastructure for connected vehicles and sustainable logistics". (Representative Image) (HT FILE)
According to the organisers, the participants will collaborate on digital innovations to create functioning solutions to predetermined challenges like "lethal accidents in traffic, safe and sustainable transport, air pollution/emissions from the traffic sector, infrastructure for connected vehicles and sustainable logistics". (Representative Image) (HT FILE)

India, Sweden to host 42-hour digital hackathon to tackle traffic issues

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:02 PM IST
Organised jointly by the Embassy of Sweden, the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and the Swedish Institute, it invites students, entrepreneurs, innovation enthusiasts, developers, designers, creatives and mobility experts across both the countries.
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Passengers prepare to check in at Arlanda airport for the first flight since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Stockholm, Sweden(via REUTERS)
Passengers prepare to check in at Arlanda airport for the first flight since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Stockholm, Sweden(via REUTERS)

Sweden plans for digital coronavirus 'vaccine passport' by summer

Reuters, Stockholm
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 06:42 PM IST
Denmark said on Wednesday that it would launch a first version of a coronavirus vaccination passport by the end of February.
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Sweden imposed travel restrictions earlier this month on passengers from Britain amid concerns over the variant.(Reuters)
Sweden imposed travel restrictions earlier this month on passengers from Britain amid concerns over the variant.(Reuters)

Sweden to require negative Covid-19 test for arrivals from abroad

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 08:11 PM IST
The government said there would be exceptions to the rule, including cross-border commuters and foreign citizens resident in Sweden, for whom different rules would apply.
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Amid Covid-19, Swedish film festival to screen on remote island only for one(Twitter/pourmecoffee)
Amid Covid-19, Swedish film festival to screen on remote island only for one(Twitter/pourmecoffee)

Amid Covid-19, Swedish film festival to screen on remote island only for one

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 05:52 PM IST
From 12,000 applicants, only one person has been selected as the audience for the Swedish film festival which will screen on an isolated island amid Covid-19
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Identical twins are not exactly genetically the same, new research shows.(Unsplash)
Identical twins are not exactly genetically the same, new research shows.(Unsplash)

Identical twins aren’t perfect clones, research shows

By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupts | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:40 PM IST
If you’re an identical twin who’s always resisted being called a clone of your sibling, scientists say you have a point.
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In some cases, immune cells in the lungs can contribute to worsening a virus attack.(Yahoo)
In some cases, immune cells in the lungs can contribute to worsening a virus attack.(Yahoo)

New research may explain severe virus attacks on lungs

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Stockholm
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:25 PM IST
In some cases, immune cells in the lungs can contribute to worsening a virus attack. In a new study, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden describe how different kinds of immune cells, called macrophages, develop in the lungs and which of them may be behind severe lung diseases.
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The new variant (B117) of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) identified in the United Kingdom (UK) in mid-December with a 70 per cent transmissible rate is spreading rapidly across the globe.(AFP file photo)
The new variant (B117) of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) identified in the United Kingdom (UK) in mid-December with a 70 per cent transmissible rate is spreading rapidly across the globe.(AFP file photo)

Covid-19 updates: Canada, Sweden add first cases of new variant, UK sees tougher measures

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 08:08 AM IST
Millions of residents in the UK are witnessing tougher coronavirus measures since Saturday, with Northern Ireland and Scotland demanding tighter restrictions in order to halt the spread of the new variant of the virus. People placed under England’s top level of restrictions — Tier 4 — increased by 6 million on Saturday to 24 million in total.
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Elli AvrRam thought it would be cool to give her name an extra r! Outfit: Victoria’s Secret
Elli AvrRam thought it would be cool to give her name an extra r! Outfit: Victoria’s Secret

“Money or fame? I’d pick money!” says actor Elli AvrRam

By Rupali Dean | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 06:54 AM IST
The actor gets candid about her favourite city to sleep in, her bed time habits and her cat, Charles
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Sweden imposed travel restrictions earlier this month on passengers from Britain amid concerns over the variant.(REUTERS)
Sweden imposed travel restrictions earlier this month on passengers from Britain amid concerns over the variant.(REUTERS)

British coronavirus variant found in Sweden

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Stockholm
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:31 PM IST
Health Agency official Sara Byfors told a news conference the traveller, who was not identified, has been kept isolated after arrival to Sweden and that no further positive cases had so far been detected.
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The I-View World Film Festival had presence of popular personalities such as actors Swara Bhasker, Sayani Gupta, Vivek Gomber, Rajesh Tailang, Bani J, directors Onir, and Faraz Ansari.(PHOTOS: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
The I-View World Film Festival had presence of popular personalities such as actors Swara Bhasker, Sayani Gupta, Vivek Gomber, Rajesh Tailang, Bani J, directors Onir, and Faraz Ansari.(PHOTOS: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)

Gurugram treats cinephiles, hosts film festival amid pandemic

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 02:23 AM IST
The recent I-View World Human Rights Film Festival had panel discussions, film screenings and a coveted guest list from India and abroad.
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The I-View World festival kicked off with the screening of celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy, which is also Canada’s official entry to the Oscars 2021
The I-View World festival kicked off with the screening of celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy, which is also Canada’s official entry to the Oscars 2021

We’re going to the movies!

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 11:25 AM IST
The movie screenings at I-View World Film Festival in a mall offered a welcome break from small screen entertainment
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The new law passed by parliament widened the circumstances that could constitute rape.(Representational image)
The new law passed by parliament widened the circumstances that could constitute rape.(Representational image)

Denmark strengthens rape laws, criminalises sex without explicit consent

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Copenhagen
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 06:23 PM IST
Around 11,400 women a year are raped or subjected to attempted rape in Denmark, according to the ministry’s figures.
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The commission called out the previous and current governments for inaction over already known structural problems in the care system for the elderly and blamed them for being ultimately responsible.(Reuters)
The commission called out the previous and current governments for inaction over already known structural problems in the care system for the elderly and blamed them for being ultimately responsible.(Reuters)

‘Unprepared, ill-equipped to deal with pandemic’: Panel finds Sweden’s failure to protect elderly during Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 11:42 PM IST
Sweden followed a ‘no-lockdown’ stance and insisted on following stricter social distancing and sanitation practices when many other countries were imposing strict lockdowns.
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The researchers have also designed and validated a PCR test that can detect these mutations. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
The researchers have also designed and validated a PCR test that can detect these mutations. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Study sheds light on why some people may become seriously ill from meningococcal bacteria

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Stockholm [Sweden]
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:27 PM IST
Researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden have come one step closer toward understanding why some people become seriously ill or die from a common bacterium that leaves most people unharmed.
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Two gingerbread figures sitting apart on a bench to illustrate social distancing are seen during the annual gingerbread baking competition at Arkdes Museum of Architecture and Design in Stockholm, Sweden December 7, 2020. Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak the competition has moved online.(REUTERS)
Two gingerbread figures sitting apart on a bench to illustrate social distancing are seen during the annual gingerbread baking competition at Arkdes Museum of Architecture and Design in Stockholm, Sweden December 7, 2020. Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak the competition has moved online.(REUTERS)

Sweden’s gingerbread baking competition goes online with emphasis on social distancing

By Reuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | STOCKHOLM
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:10 AM IST
The exhibition, usually thronged with wide-eyed children and adults marvelling at the culinary creations, is normally held at Sweden’s Museum of Architecture and Design but was moved online.
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A person waring a protective mask collects coronavirus self tests from people in cars at a testing site in the car park of Svagertorp railway station, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Malmo, Sweden.(Reuters)
A person waring a protective mask collects coronavirus self tests from people in cars at a testing site in the car park of Svagertorp railway station, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Malmo, Sweden.(Reuters)

Swedish vaccine skepticism is latest obstacle to herd immunity

By Bloomberg| Posted by Mallika Soni | Stockholm
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 01:43 PM IST
Only 46% of Swedes say they want to be vaccinated, while 26% say they don’t, according to a recent Novus poll. Herd immunity comes when enough people in a community have developed immunity through being either infected or vaccinated. For Covid-19, the percentage is estimated to range from 55% to 82%.
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The Embassy of Sweden in India will celebrate women scientists and entrepreneurs from both the countries for the upcoming ‘Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week’.(HT file /Representative image)
The Embassy of Sweden in India will celebrate women scientists and entrepreneurs from both the countries for the upcoming ‘Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week’.(HT file /Representative image)

‘Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week’ to celebrate women in science

By PTI | Posted by Nilesh Mathur | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 06:05 PM IST
The Embassy of Sweden in India will celebrate women scientists and entrepreneurs from both the countries for the upcoming ‘Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week’.
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Ericsson forecast 3.5 billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2026, accounting for more than 50% of mobile data traffic.(REUTERS)
Ericsson forecast 3.5 billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2026, accounting for more than 50% of mobile data traffic.(REUTERS)

Sweden’s Ericsson sees 220 million 5G subscriptions by year end

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Stockholm
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 04:01 PM IST
The telecoms equipment maker, which had previously forecast 190 million subscriptions, said it expects China to account for almost 80% of the newly forecast total.
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Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways Nitin Gadkari, who also participated in the virtual conference.(@SwedensAmbIndia/Twitter)
Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways Nitin Gadkari, who also participated in the virtual conference.(@SwedensAmbIndia/Twitter)

Business relations with India will continue to grow stronger, says Swedish official

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 06:18 PM IST
The one-day virtual event was jointly organised by India Unlimited in Sweden, in association with Embassy of India in Sweden, Sweden India Business Council and CII on Friday.
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Representational Image(Unsplash)

Covid-19 pandemic: Swedes lose faith in ‘herd immunity’ strategy with coronavirus rampant

By Bloomberg | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 01:05 PM IST
Swedish confidence in the nation’s strategy to fight the coronavirus pandemic has slumped, with concerns over capacity in the health-care system now almost universal.
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"Corona cabby" Lars-Goran Goransson pulls up in his car to a COVID-19 test distribution centre in southern Stockholm, Sweden.(REUTERS)
"Corona cabby" Lars-Goran Goransson pulls up in his car to a COVID-19 test distribution centre in southern Stockholm, Sweden.(REUTERS)

Stockholm’s ‘corona cabbies’ drive to collect Covid-19 swabs

By Reuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | STOCKHOLM
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 12:00 PM IST
Since the pandemic began, private hire taxi firms have home-delivered and collected more than a quarter of a million COVID-19 tests, an initiative that effectively puts cab drivers at the wheel of Stockholm’s testing regime.
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Although the risk to humans is low, the European Food Safety Agency EFSA said this week that the virus’ evolution needed to be closely monitored. A strain of H5N1 has been known to spread to humans.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
Although the risk to humans is low, the European Food Safety Agency EFSA said this week that the virus’ evolution needed to be closely monitored. A strain of H5N1 has been known to spread to humans.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

Fast spreading bird flu puts European poultry industry on edge

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Paris
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 06:59 PM IST
The vast majority of cases are in migrating wild birds but outbreaks have been reported on farms, leading to the death or culling of at least 1.6 million chickens and ducks so far around the region.
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Nursing staff administer flu vaccines to high risk group patients, outdoors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Trelleborg, southern Sweden.(AP)
Nursing staff administer flu vaccines to high risk group patients, outdoors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Trelleborg, southern Sweden.(AP)

Sweden says it sees no signs herd immunity is stopping coronavirus

By Bloomberg | Posted by Mallika Soni | Stockholm
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s top epidemiologist said at a briefing in Stockholm on Tuesday, “We see no signs of immunity in the population that are slowing down the infection right now.”
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi andSwedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.(Reuters file photo for representation)
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi andSwedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.(Reuters file photo for representation)

India, Sweden to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties in various sectors

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 05:39 PM IST
The one-day virtual event of ‘India Sweden Innovation Day 2020’ on Nov 27 will focus on the role of public-private partnerships in the new normal, re-engineering the India Sweden growth again.
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Published in the journal Science Advances, 83 patients with a median age of 81 and all suffering from moderate to severe Covid-19 infection were given a drug called baricitinib.(Unsplash)
Published in the journal Science Advances, 83 patients with a median age of 81 and all suffering from moderate to severe Covid-19 infection were given a drug called baricitinib.(Unsplash)

Arthritis drug may improve Covid-19 survival among elderly patients, says study

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | London
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 06:35 PM IST
A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may reduce the risk of dying for elderly patients with Covid-19, and provide a new weapon in the arsenal against the novel coronavirus, according to a study.
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Study suggests men feel less powerful in private lives as compared to public lives

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Washington [US]
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 10:57 AM IST
A new study from Lund University has suggested that men perceive themselves as having less power in their private lives as opposed to their public lives.
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