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

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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
A snowstorm that hit southern and western Sweden on Thursday, causing a spate of traffic accidents, has now subsided. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish royals test positive for Covid-19

Two members of Sweden’s royal family, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, have tested positive for Covid-19, the Royal Court announced on Thursday.

The couple went into quarantine on Wednesday after Victoria experienced cold symptoms, and are currently in quarantine together with their two children.

According to the statement, she and her husband are both “experiencing mild symptoms but feel well under the circumstances”.

Swedish vocabulary: royal family – kungafamilj

Top legal professional in court on rape allegations

A legal professional in his 70s who has held several top spots in Sweden’s legal system and civil service has been remanded by Uppsala district court on suspicion of raping a woman 40 years his junior – in a case that has grabbed big headlines in Sweden.

According to the woman’s lawyer, she first contacted the man to ask a legal question, and he then became a kind of mentor to her. They then spent Christmas together.

“They had Christmas food and drank quite a lot of alcohol, so much that she passes out. She is woken up by him having sex with her. She tries to get him to stop but does not succeed,” her lawyer Clea Sangborn told the Aftonbladet newspaper on Thursday.

The man’s lawyer Ola Salomonsson said he would appeal the remand order. “Nothing has happened against the will of the plaintiff,” he told the court, reported UNT.

Swedish vocabulary: remanded – häktad

Stockholm school sends pupil home for wearing face mask

A mother has told The Local her 13-year-old son was banned from attending classes at an international school in the Stockholm region until he agreed to remove the mask he was wearing. She is now complaining to the local municipality.

“I was fuming,” she said. “I am deeply shocked by these measures and find it unacceptable. It should be a matter of choice. I don’t think one should be prevented from wearing a mask.”

The school explained in an emailed statement to The Local that although the school could not comment on individual cases, on the subject of masks, it followed the advice of the Stockholm region’s infectious diseases unit, Smittskydd Stockholm.

Read our full article here.

Swedish vocabulary: school – skola

‘Benefits outweigh the risks’: Sweden will not suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Sweden will not at this stage halt the AstraZeneca vaccine, after Denmark and Norway said they would suspend its use as a precaution after some patients developed blood clots since receiving the jab.

“The Medical Products Agency does not consider that there is sufficient support to discontinue vaccination with AstraZeneca’s vaccine. The European Medicines Agency EMA has also found no reason to withdraw or suspend vaccinations,” said the Swedish Medical Products Agency in a statement.

“The assessment is that the benefits of the vaccine clearly outweigh the risks. The authorities continue to monitor the issue.”

It argued that available data did not indicate that there was a higher number of blood clots among vaccinated people than in the general population, saying that by March 9th 22 such cases had been reported among 3 million people who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe.

Read our full article here.

Swedish vocabulary: benefit – nytta

New coronavirus rules: Swedish towns given power to shut parks and outdoor spaces

New coronavirus regulations have come into force in Sweden, which give local authorities the right to ban people from certain public spaces to curb an outbreak.

It is currently not allowed to organise public gatherings or events of more than eight people in Sweden, but spontaneous gatherings have been harder to crack down on.

The new regulation, which means that a municipality could ban people from certain outdoor spaces, for example swimming spots, parks or squares, aims to target that.

Municipalities could now in theory impose such bans if they believe there is a risk of crowding, for example if people flock to beaches and parks during a spring heatwave.

If anyone breaks such a ban, they risk being fined up to 2,000 kronor.

Read our full article here.

Swedish vocabulary: to ban – att förbjuda

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