Covid19 Europe 

Thousands in Serbia protest new COVID-19 restrictions

Thousands of people gathered in Serbia’s capital on Tuesday to protest new restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Protesters congregated in front of the National Assembly Building in Belgrade in response to President Aleksandar Vucic announcing a weekend curfew in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. A group of protesters pushed past a police cordon and broke into the parliament building before being pushed back by police. Vucic announced that beginning on Wednesday, public gatherings must be limited to five or fewer people…

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Covid19 Europe 

Spain lifts coronavirus state of emergency and reopens borders

Passengers wearing masks and wheeling suitcases arrived at Madrid’s main airport and French people crossed the border to buy bargain alcohol and tobacco on Sunday as Spain opened its borders to most European countries and ended a state of emergency imposed to contain COVID-19. Spain’s borders are now open to all European Union countries except Portugal, as well as Schengen Area members outside the bloc and the United Kingdom in a much-needed boost to the country’s tourism industry which accounts for more than 12 percent of the economy. British tourists…

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Covid19 South America 

Brazil Coronavirus Cases and Deaths: What To Know

Brazil could have the world’s highest Covid-19 death toll by July. Latin America became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in late May, largely driven by Brazil’s ballooning caseload, as the number of infections in the United States and Europe fell. In recent weeks, Brazil has reported upward of 1,000 new deaths a day from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, eclipsing the death toll in every country other than the United States. If the trend lines hold, some epidemiologists project the death toll of the epidemic in Brazil…

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Covid19 Europe 

Sweden: Public Approval of Lax Coronavirus Policies Is Waning

If Tegnell means to place full responsibility on the government, it could be an indication of the pressure he’s under. The high approval ratings of Sweden’s approach to the coronavirus, after all, have begun to slip. In early June, Swedish TV reported that confidence in the Public Health Agency had fallen from 73 to 65 percent since April. Approval in the government fell even more sharply. Trust in Stockholm’s crisis management dropped from 63 to 45 percent. The opposition in Swedish parliament believes its time has come. For the last…

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Covid19 Europe 

Why Sweden Botched the Olof Palme Investigation and the Coronavirus Pandemic

The assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986 was a tremendous shock to Sweden. It didn’t seem improbable; it seemed impossible, as if Donald Trump were to announce he had converted to Islam. If Palme had been struck down by a meteorite, it would have seemed more credible than that he was killed by a fellow Swede. It was easy to believe that he was dead. I was in Stockholm for the funeral cortege, and—although the service was theologically atheist—to be a part of the silent crowd that filled the gray streets for miles…

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