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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news

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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news
Social affairs minister Lena Hallengren (right) joins a coronavirus inspection of a restaurant. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT
34% of restaurants inspected in Stockholm flouted corona rules
Since the start of the pandemic, 34 percent of the restaurants in Stockholm that have been inspected have been found to be breaking the new coronavirus rules — such as offering table service only and ensuring a metre's distance between groups — in some way, and the city has received 1,500 complaints from members of the public. A total of 20 establishments have been forced to close temporarily.

On Tuesday evening, health and social affairs minister Lena Hallengren joined inspections of businesses, who said that people in Sweden should feel safe dining out.

Swedish vocabulary: distance — avstånd
Swedish benefits agency to require doctor's notes again
Sweden's social insurance agency will from next month again require a doctors' note from anyone applying for sickness benefit or compensation for caring for a sick child, after suspending it due to coronavirus.
Swedish vocabulary: doctor's note — läkarintyg
Uppsala becomes first Swedish region to get local restrictions

Swedish health authorities have instructed people living in the Uppsala region to avoid public transport, parties, and contact with people outside their household for two weeks, becoming the first Swedish region to introduce local coronavirus measures after it became possible this week.
Swedish vocabulary: possible — möjlig

An Uppsala University student event in pre-coronavirus times. Photo: Tor Johnsson/SvD/TT

Sweden bans Huawei and ZTE from 5G network
Sweden has become the latest nation to ban the Chinese telecoms groups Huawei and ZTE from its 5G network, saying doing otherwise would “harm security”.

Swedish vocabulary: security — säkerhet
Sweden plans new pandemic law for 2021

Sweden's government plans to bring in a temporary pandemic law allowing it to limit numbers of people on public transport, in shopping centres, and in swimming pools. Sweden does not have the legal framework for a state of emergency, so currently does not have the power to make this kind of decision quickly after an initial crisis law expired this summer without ever being used. But even if brought in, the new law would not be in time to curb the current resurgence of coronavirus cases, with ministers aiming for the summer of 2021.

Swedish vocabulary: shopping centre — galleria
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