The week in pictures: Here’s what Sweden looks like during the coronavirus outbreak

Unlike much of the rest of Europe, in Sweden there is no official lockdown due to the coronavirus, although people in risk groups or with cold- or flu-like symptoms are urged to stay at home. Still, life has changed somewhat in the Nordic country, as these pictures from the past week demonstrate.

The week in pictures: Here's what Sweden looks like during the coronavirus outbreak
Commuters appear to be keeping deliberate distance from each other in this photo from a Stockholm transport hub, but there have still been reports of over-crowded buses. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT

Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT

Sunny weather has meant that many outdoor terraces at bars and restaurants have been full, as this picture from Thursday shows. 

The picture comes after Sweden's bars, cafes and restaurants were asked to enforce some level of social distancing by only allowing table service, and making plans on how to limit the spread of infection.

Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

But many bars and restaurants have also reported plummeting sales, as customers choose to stay at home. In Malmö above, a restaurant responds to the new rules by spreading out its tables further.

Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

In the picture above, the army sets up a field hospital in Gothenburg, one of several similar hospitals that have quickly been put in place across the country. The goal is to ensure that regions can cope with an expected rise in coronavirus patients needing hospital care. 

Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

The cherry blossom trees of Stockholm's Kungsträdgården were less busy than usual for a sunny spring day, but still drew crowds.

Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Passengers board a train at Malmö's central station. People across the country have been urged to work from home if at all possible, and anyone showing any symptoms of the coronavirus (such as a cough, fever, or sore throat) are asked to stay at home altogether. But although this has led to less intense rush hours, some services have still been quite busy.

Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Information about the coronavirus and necessary precautions to limit its spread has been shared in multiple languages, with a focus on suburbs of Stockholm which were found to be over-represented in the cases reported so far.

Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

A musician performs for elderly people at a residential care home in Stockholm. The Public Health Agency has strongly advised against all non-essential visits to care homes, hospitals, and the elderly, and the company in charge of this home (Attendo) banned visits several weeks ago. The outdoor concert in the spring sunshine was an initiative to brighten up their days.

Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

“Wash your hands! For a whole 30 seconds. Reduce the risk of getting sick,” urges an advert from the healthcare operator 1177 on a quieter-than-usual shopping street. Adverts in different languages demonstrating the best method for thorough hand-washing have appeared across the country in public spaces and on social media.

Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Sweden's parliament has been operating with only 55 MPs; here's Foreign Minister Ann Linde explaining that the government would do its best to bring home Swedish citizens stranded abroad.

Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

A sign in a Malmö shop requests that customers keep a distance from each other in the queue and pay with card where possible, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

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