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In this May 21, 2020, photo, provided by Pascal Chatterjee, Phelan Chatterjee works at home in Telefonplan, Stockholm. (Pascal Chatterjee via AP)

VIRUS DIARY: Sweden stayed open. I stayed at home.

Jun. 2, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Early April. A buzz of my phone. “Free for a walk?” asks a friend. Another notification. “Coffee on Wednesday?” “Come for drinks!” I’m at a loss. I’m working remotely from Stockholm, out of the London office. Long shifts producing...

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks during a news conference in Copenhagen, Friday, May 29, 2020. Frederiksen says her country will reopen its borders next month - with strings attached - to residents of neighboring Germany, as well as Norway and Iceland, as Denmark accelerates its lockdown easing. (Photo: (Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Danes reopen borders to 3 countries, with strings attached

May. 29, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Friday her country will reopen its borders next month - with strings attached - to residents of neighboring Germany, as well as Norway and Iceland, as Denmark accelerates its lockdown easing. But people from the rest of the world will...

SOS Funeral workers transport by boat a coffin carrying the body of an 86-year-old woman who lived by the Negro River and is a suspected to have died of COVID-19, near Manaus, Brazil, Thursday, May 14, 2020. The virus has spread upriver from Manaus, creeping into remote riverside towns and indigenous territories to infect indigenous tribes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 26, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still smack in the middle of the pandemic, dampening hopes for a speedy global economic rebound and renewed international travel. “Right now, we’re not in the second wave. We’re right...

Lena Hallengren Minister for Health and Social Affairs, left, and Johan Carlson, Director General for the Swedish Public Health Agency, hold a news conference on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, about restrictions for vulnerable citizens over 70-years old in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 26, 2020.  (Claudio Bresciani / TT via AP)

Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

May. 26, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's government defended its response to the COVID-19 global pandemic on Tuesday despite the Scandinavian country now reporting one of the highest mortality rates in the world with 4,125 fatalities, or about 40 deaths per 100,000 people. “Transmission is slowing down, the...

FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, the damaged statue of soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic next to Stadion football arena in Malmo, Sweden. The much-vandalized statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in Malmo. Committee members from the Swedish city’s council have held a meeting Monday, May 18 to discuss proposals from local citizens about where to move the statue of the soccer player from its current location outside Malmo’s stadium. The bronze sculpture has been repeatedly attacked since Ibrahimovic become a part-owner in Hammarby.(Johan Nilsson/TT via AP, file)

Ibrahimovic statue to remain in Malmo despite vandalism

May. 18, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

The much-vandalized statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in Malmo. Where, exactly, remains to be seen. Committee members from the Swedish city’s council met Monday to discuss proposals from local citizens about where to move the statue of the soccer player from its current location outside the stadium....

Earthquake hits northern Swedish mine, no one injured

May. 18, 2020 6:13 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An earthquake struck a northern Swedish mine on Monday, with officials saying it was one of the strongest ever measured in the country. While 13 people were in the mine at the time, no one was injured. The Swedish National Seismic Network said the earthquake was magnitude 4.1, just shy of...

FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, the damaged statue of soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic next to Stadion football arena in Malmo, Sweden.  Media reports say the city of Malmo has had enough of repeated acts of vandalism on Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue outside the local football club’s stadium and is set to move it to a new location. The Sydsvenskan newspaper said the municipal council in Sweden’s third largest city is poised to make a decision on Monday, May 17, 2020 and is seeking suggestions from top-flight team Malmo FF as to where the statue should be moved later in the year.(Johan Nilsson/TT via AP, file)

City of Malmo set to relocate vandalized Ibrahimovic statue

May. 16, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

The city of Malmo has had enough of repeated acts of vandalism on soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic's statue outside the local football club's stadium and is set to move it to a new location, according to media reports. The Sydsvenskan newspaper said Saturday that the municipal council in Sweden’s third...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...

An elderly man recovers from a respiratory illness in a special section built for COVID-19 patients at the INERAM, a hospital specializing in respiratory diseases, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Paraguay is one of the least hit countries by COVID-19, with 11 deaths confirmed by the Health Ministry. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Virus spikes could emerge weeks after US economic reopenings

May. 13, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

U.S. states are beginning to restart their economies after months of paralyzing coronavirus lockdowns, but it could take weeks until it becomes clear whether those reopenings will cause a spike in COVID-19 cases, experts said Wednesday. The outbreak’s trajectory varies wildly across the country, with...

A barber and a male customer wear face masks during a haircut at a barber shop on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Singapore. Singapore has allowed selected businesses such as traditional Chinese medicine medical halls, home-based establishments, food manufacturing, selected food retail outlets, laundry services, traditional barbers and pet supplies to reopen May 12 in a cautious rollback of a two-month partial lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in the city-state. (AP Photo/Royston Chan)

The Latest: Singapore loosens coronavirus restrictions

May. 12, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Singapore loosens coronavirus restrictions. — South...