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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 the 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 legislation… 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".


Yahoo! ArtsJun 03, 2020
Architect of Sweden's strategy regrets not imposing tougher lockdown
Sweden's state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has admitted that Sweden should have imposed greater restrictions to bring the country's epidemic under control, the first time he has expressed doubts about his decision not to impose a lockdown. In an interview with Sweden's state radio broadcaster SR, Tegnell said that, given the Sweden's stubbornly high death rate, he no longer believed that he, and The Public Health Agency of Sweden, had got the balance right. "If we were hit by the same disease, knowing exactly what we know today, I think we would end up doing something between what Sweden has done, and what the rest of the world has done," he said. "I think there's certainly room for improvement in what we've done in Sweden, absolutely." Sweden's coronavirus strategy, which is much less restrictive than that of any other developed country, has received enormous attention globally in recent months. Schools for those up the age of 16, bars and restaurants, shopping centres, and sports facilities, have all been allowed to remain open, while gatherings of up to 50 people have always been permitted.


Yahoo! BooksJun 02, 2020
Fox's Brit Hume Grumbles That Biden Is Spouting ‘Black Grievance Politics'
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume complained about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's speech on racial injustice, grousing on Tuesday that the former vice president was just peddling "black grievance politics."Speaking at Philadelphia's City Hall on Tuesday amid the fiery protests that have raged for days in the wake of George Floyd's death, Biden called on Congress to pass legislation to ban chokeholds and create a standard use-of-force "model" for police across the nation.Following Fox News host Tucker Carlson's program-opening monologue in which he warned viewers that "violent young men with guns" will soon be coming to their neighborhoods, Hume was asked how the political landscape would look in the aftermath of the protests.After grumbling that the Democratic Party has "moved ever further to the left," the Fox News veteran went on to say that Democrats are now out "where the buses don't run" and siding with the protesters "even if they're violent and looting."Turning to Biden, he said the ex-veep's speech was a "perfect example" of this extreme political shift before openly carping that Biden was focused too much on race."He had about two sentences in that speech of some length in which he expressed disapproval of the violence," Hume said, adding: "All of the rest of it was the same grievance—black grievance politics we have been hearing for decades now."Hume—who refused to call President Donald Trump's infamous "go back" tweets racist— claimed Biden's sp

NYTimes ArtsJun 02, 2020
With These Literary Puzzlers, the Game's Afoot (and in Hand)
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Yahoo! ArtsJun 02, 2020
Just 6 years after Ebola killed more than 11,000 people, West African nations are bracing for a coronavirus spike
West Africa is home to some of the poorest countries in the world, many lacking doctors and vital resources such as ventilators.

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