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Yahoo! BooksJun 03, 2020
Swedish COVID Response Architect Says Policies Were Too Lax, Resulted in Too Many Deaths
Sweden's response to the coronavirus resulted in too many deaths and could have been improved, the country's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told Swedish radio on Wednesday.Tegnell designed a unique strategy by which the country allowed non-essential businesses to remain open, urging citizens to comply with social distancing regulations and to avoid unnecessary travel. Sweden's death rate from coronavirus as of Wednesday sits at 443 per million of the country's population, far higher than its Nordic neighbors Finland (58 per million) and Norway (44 per million), both of which imposed more far-reaching lockdowns of nonessential businesses.When asked whether Sweden had seen too many deaths, Tegnell answered, "Yes, absolutely.""If we were to encounter the same disease again knowing exactly what we know about it today, I think we would settle on doing something in between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world has done," Tegnell said, in comments translated by theĀ Guardian. Tegnell added that medical officials would need to learn "what else, besides what we did, you could do without imposing a total shutdown."Coronavirus has been particularly lethal for the elderly in Sweden, with roughly half of the country's 4,500 deaths occurring among residents of nursing homes."There was no strategy at all for the elderly, I now understand," Annike Linde, former chief epidemiologist from 2005 to 2015, told the Swedish state broadcaster last week. "I do

Yahoo! ArtsJun 03, 2020
America could move weapons stored on British soil if UK persists with Huawei, US senator warns
America could move weapons stored on British soil if the UK allows Huawei to build its 5G network, a US senator has warned. Tom Cotton, the Republican senator for Arkansas who was called as a witness before the Defence Select Committee, warned that the case for America keeping some US Air Force assets, such as F-35 fighters, in the UK could be weakened if it goes ahead with Huawei, as it would pose a security risk. "We have to make a decision about deploying those [F-35 fighters] to many countries," Senator Cotton said. "Obviously if you no longer have Huawei in your network then F-35 fighters can be based in your country under my legislation. "That does not mean I would drop my legislationā€¦ my legislation is about Huawei and the threat Huawei poses to our airmen and our aircraft." He added that allowing Huawei in UK infrastructure could "give PLA [China's People's Liberation Army] hackers a window into our military logistics operations", which he said could put US forces and American weapons systems based in England "at dangerous risk".

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