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Yahoo! ArtsJun 03, 2020
The architect of Sweden's no-lockdown plan suggested the strategy was a mistake based on what we now know about the coronavirus
State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said if Sweden had had the knowledge it had today, its response would have likely been harsher.


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
Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to take part in an online summit on a possible coronavirus vaccine being organised by the British government this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Putin received an invitation to take part in the summit from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, the Kremlin had said. Scheduled to take place on June 4, the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 is designed to mobilise resources needed to ensure universal availability of the vaccine against the novel coronavirus.


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! ArtsJun 02, 2020
Clashes at Paris protest against racism and deadly police violence
Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Paris on Tuesday after around 20,000 people defied a ban to rally over the 2016 death of a black man in police custody, galvanised by US demonstrations against racism and deadly police violence. The protesters used slogans from the American protest movement to call for justice for Adama Traore, whose death four years ago has been a rallying cause against police brutality in France. The demonstration, which came after the release of two differing medical reports into the cause of Traore's death, had been prohibited by police citing a coronavirus ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.


Yahoo! BooksJun 02, 2020
Trump: GOP 'forced to seek another state' to host the Republican National Convention
The party is in a standoff with North Carolina over whether to host the event in Charlotte, as originally planned, amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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.


Time EntertainmentJun 02, 2020
Several Antiracist Books Are Selling Out. Here's What Else Black Booksellers and Publishers Say You Should Read
The last two months have been tough for business at Eso Won Books in Los Angeles. The store, which opened in 1990, specializes in African-American literature and has never had to close its doors to the public for such a long time before. But it was forced to do so when the coronavirus pandemic hitā€¦
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