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

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
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.
"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

STOCKHOLM | By Reuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
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.
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

Paris | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
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.
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

Stockholm | By Bloomberg | Posted by Mallika Soni
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.”
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

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
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.
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

London | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
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

Washington [US] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
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.
FILE PHOTO: Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Inter Milan - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - November 3, 2020 Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic REUTERS/Juan Medina(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Inter Milan - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - November 3, 2020 Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic REUTERS/Juan Medina(REUTERS)

Croatia’s Brozovic tests positive for coronavirus before Sweden game

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 03:38 PM IST
Brozovic’s positive test follows that of captain Domagoj Vida, who was taken off at halftime during Wednesday’s friendly against Turkey after the team was notified that he had returned a positive COVID-19 result.
European governments have been tightening controls on Chinese companies building 5G networks following diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying(REUTERS)
European governments have been tightening controls on Chinese companies building 5G networks following diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying(REUTERS)

Huawei appeals against 5G network ban in Sweden

Stockholm | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 06, 2020 04:12 PM IST
Sweden last month banned Huawei and peer ZTE from its 5G network, joining other European nations that have restricted the role of Chinese suppliers on security grounds.
UK asks people arriving from Denmark to self-isolate(Twitter/SimplexityTM)
UK asks people arriving from Denmark to self-isolate(Twitter/SimplexityTM)

UK imposes 14 days of self-quarantine for people arriving from Denmark

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:39 AM IST
From November 6, people arriving in the United Kingdom from Denmark will have to self-isolate for 14 days as a precautionary measure amid the spike in Covid-19 cases
“I’ve been undercover as a man for 50 years,” she said in an interview.(Bloomberg)
“I’ve been undercover as a man for 50 years,” she said in an interview.(Bloomberg)

CEO who was once a man brings gender-equality outlook

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 07:16 PM IST
Caroline Farberger, the chief executive of a Swedish insurance company, remembers how she conducted meetings when she was a man.
Actors Anuup Sonii and Divya Dutta starred in short film, The Relationship Manager.
Actors Anuup Sonii and Divya Dutta starred in short film, The Relationship Manager.

Hichki, The Relationship Manager, Tamas: Short films galore amid pandemic

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 12:57 PM IST
Amid the pandemic, short films were the most favoured way for actors and directors to fulfil their creative urges as well as create awareness about the situation.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts.(REUTERS)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts.(REUTERS)

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly returning to Italy to finish confinement

Lisbon | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 08:56 PM IST
Portuguese and Italian media said the Juventus forward was traveling on an “ambulance plane” from Lisbon to Turin to finish his isolation period. The Portuguese daily Record showed images of the plane it said was used by Ronaldo.
Greta Thunberg accuses EU of ‘cheating with numbers’ on reduction of carbon emissions(Instagram/gretathunberg)
Greta Thunberg accuses EU of ‘cheating with numbers’ on reduction of carbon emissions(Instagram/gretathunberg)

Stealing our future: Greta Thunberg and 3 other activists accuse EU of ‘cheating with numbers’ on carbon emissions

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 11:07 AM IST
Climate change activists Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Adélaïde Charlier and Anuna de Wever van der Heyden take extensive research in their own hands after claiming that the proposed carbon emission reduction targets for the EU by 2030 are nowhere near enough to be in line with the target of the Paris Agreement
This picture taken in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 31, 2020, shows people walking in a street in Stockholm, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.(Tom Little / AFP)
This picture taken in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 31, 2020, shows people walking in a street in Stockholm, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.(Tom Little / AFP)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By R Sukumar
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 06:19 AM IST
As countries around the world have opened up, are opening up even more, or not locking down despite a surge in cases, Sweden’s strategy is being examined again, and finding several endorsers.
T cells are a type of white blood cells that are specialised in recognizing infected cells, and are an essential part of the immune system.(Pixabay)
T cells are a type of white blood cells that are specialised in recognizing infected cells, and are an essential part of the immune system.(Pixabay)

Strong activation of anti-bacterial cells of immune system linked to severe Covid-19: Study

London | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 08:25 PM IST
A type of the immune system’s T cells known to fight against bacterial infections is strongly activated in people with moderate to severe Covid-19.
In India, most of the elderly either live with their children, alone with house help or with relatives(PTI)
In India, most of the elderly either live with their children, alone with house help or with relatives(PTI)

India’s old-age homes have been successful in staving off Covid-19

By Jallavi Panchamia and Dileep Mavalankar
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 06:11 AM IST
Indian old age homes have been able to protect the elderly against the Covid-19 pandemic despite lacking the resources and professional management
This photo shows the scull and remains of a dog thought to be over 8,400 years old, found in a southern Sweden burial site.(AP)
This photo shows the scull and remains of a dog thought to be over 8,400 years old, found in a southern Sweden burial site.(AP)

Remains of dog from over 8,400 years ago found at Stone Age burial site in Sweden

Stockholm | By Associated Press | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2020 04:50 PM IST
The Swedish archaeologists said the dog was buried with a person, noting that survivors often leave valuable or sentimental objects with the dead.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019.(REUTERS)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019.(REUTERS)

‘You are good people:’ Alexei Navalny thanks Russian pilots, medics

Moscow | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2020 07:50 PM IST
Navalny, who collapsed on a plane to Moscow on August 20 and spent nearly three weeks in a coma, said in an Instagram post on Friday that pilots “quickly landed the plane in Omsk” and medical workers at the airport “jammed a dose of atropine” into him, immediately recognizing “a toxic poisoning.”
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks down stairs in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.(AP)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks down stairs in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.(AP)

Russia’s Navalny released from German hospital after 32 days

Berlin | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2020 05:16 PM IST
Navalny spent 32 days at Berlin’s Charite hospital, 24 of them in intensive care, before doctors deemed his “condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient care.”
People picnic during the annual Midsummer celebrations in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden's relatively low-key approach to coronavirus lockdowns captured the world's attention when the pandemic first hit Europe.(AP)
People picnic during the annual Midsummer celebrations in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden's relatively low-key approach to coronavirus lockdowns captured the world's attention when the pandemic first hit Europe.(AP)

Sweden spared surge of coronavirus cases but many questions remain

Stockholm | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2020 01:30 PM IST
Whether on trains or trams, in supermarkets or shopping malls — places where face masks are commonly worn in much of the world — Swedes go about their lives without them.
Greta Thunberg’s documentary trailer will surely give you goosebumps(YouTube/Hulu)
Greta Thunberg’s documentary trailer will surely give you goosebumps(YouTube/Hulu)

Greta Thunberg warns of fallouts from climate change in powerful documentary trailer that gives goosebumps

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 12:56 PM IST
Sweden’s teen climate change activist, Greta Thunberg’s documentary trailer grabs over 1.3 million views, makes hair stand on the ends with climate emergency warnings ahead of cinematic release worldwide starting October 16
Greta Thunberg calls for action on wildfires raging across the US West Coast(Instagram/gretathunberg)
Greta Thunberg calls for action on wildfires raging across the US West Coast(Instagram/gretathunberg)

Greta Thunberg calls for immediate focus of news on wildfires raging across the US West Coast

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 09:23 AM IST
‘It needs to dominate the news. All the time’: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg draws social media users’ attention on the wildfires that are raging across parts of the US West Coast as they doubled in size between Wednesday and Thursday
File image of Jonty Rhodes.(HT PHOTO)
File image of Jonty Rhodes.(HT PHOTO)

Jonty Rhodes to take over as Sweden’s head cricket coach post IPL

Stockholm | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 04:14 PM IST
“Swedish Cricket Federation to invest in junior cricket, high performance & growth through the appointment of South African cricket great, Jonty Rhodes as head coach,” SCF said in a statement.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring second goal.(via REUTERS)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring second goal.(via REUTERS)

‘Circus without clowns’: Cristiano Ronaldo says players don’t like empty stadiums

STOCKHOLM, Sweden | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 05:00 PM IST
“It’s like going to a circus without clowns, going to a garden without flowers,” Ronaldo said. “We don’t like that as players, but I’m already used to it. I do my pre-match meditation already knowing that the stadium will be empty.”
France’s Kylian Mbappe, right, scores a goal, and to the left, Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson, in action during the UEFA Nations League football match(AP Photo)
France’s Kylian Mbappe, right, scores a goal, and to the left, Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson, in action during the UEFA Nations League football match(AP Photo)

Nations League: Mbappe’s goal gives France 1-0 win at Sweden

Stockholm | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 09:17 AM IST
Mbappe cut in from the left and, after initially being tackled, he got the ball back off Kristoffer Olsson, feinted, and then curled the ball inside the post.
A selection of drinks, including coca leaf liqueur, ant gin, fishy whisky and scorpion vodka along with a squirrel decanter, are on display at the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden.(AP)
A selection of drinks, including coca leaf liqueur, ant gin, fishy whisky and scorpion vodka along with a squirrel decanter, are on display at the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden.(AP)

Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum introduces drink menu which includes spit and poop brews

MALMO, Sweden | By Associated Press | Posted by: Amrita Kohli
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 07:56 PM IST
The Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden is introducing a drinks menu in the form of a temporary exhibition opening Saturday.
Bryggen, Bergen, Norway (Represetational)(Unsplash)
Bryggen, Bergen, Norway (Represetational)(Unsplash)

Norway adds Italy and Slovenia to 10-day Covid-19 quarantine list

Oslo, Norway | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Restrictions will also apply to the Vatican and San Marino, but will be eased for those coming from Cyprus and six regions of Sweden and one in Denmark, the Norwegian foreign ministry said in a statement.
The first direct international flight to Beijing will depart from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Thursday which will be operated by Air China.(AFP)
The first direct international flight to Beijing will depart from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Thursday which will be operated by Air China.(AFP)

Beijing to permit international flights from Thursday after 6 months

Beijing | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2020 11:56 AM IST
Beijing, which banned all international flights from March 23, on Wednesday announced plans to resume direct international flights beginning Thursday, signalling that the pandemic has been contained in the city.
Oia, Santorini, Greece(Unsplash)
Oia, Santorini, Greece(Unsplash)

Greece bans flights from Barcelona, extends Covid-19 travel restrictions

Athens | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 05:47 PM IST
The rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has forced Greek authorities to gradually reimpose restrictions in the capital Athens and other areas, including popular islands at the peak of tourism season to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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