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    • Sweden goes it alone

      Sweden goes it alone

      In Berlin, we are supposed to stay at home but some (physical) exercise is still allowed. So, I spent some time the other day walking around and gazing at the closed shops and the deserted playground in my neighbourhood – and my mind naturally wandered to Sweden, where I lived for many years. The country seems like paradise relative to grim, locked-down Germany: open cafés, happy children playing with their fathers, and groups of people working on the waterfront.

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    • Poland to start easing restrictions after Easter

      Poland to start easing restrictions after Easter

      In attempt to support its battered economy, Poland will start easing some restrictions aimed at fighting the coronavirus after Easter, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said on Thursday. “After Easter we will want to turn on the economy a little,” he told news conference without elaborating.

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    • Coronavirus cases growth in the Czech Republic slows

      Coronavirus cases growth in the Czech Republic slows

      The coronavirus cases number in the Czech Republic has risen past 5,000, although a slower growth rate allowed the health minister to say he was confident the state had prevented an uncontrolled spread as it starts easing lockdown measures, news wires reported. 195 new cases were reported on Wednesday, compared to 235 on Tuesday.

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    • Austria presents a plan to put restrictions to an end

      Austria presents a plan to put restrictions to an end

      Austria is planning to start returning to normality, but it will be done slowly. “There will be a step-by-step reopening,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a news conference on Monday, adding that the fact Austria had acted faster than many other countries meant it was now in a position to start reopening sooner. As of next week shops will start reopening in an initial loosening of coronavirus lockdown. According to Kurz, the country was turning a corner.

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    • Sweden considers some restrictions to tackle virus spread

      Sweden considers some restrictions to tackle virus spread

      In attempt to tackle the coronavirus spread Sweden’s government announced on Monday it will seek wider executive powers, including the right to shut airports and railway stations without parliament’s approval, news wires reported. So far the country has taken very few restrictive measures, and unlike most of Europe, Swedes can still go to parks and eat at restaurants, while primary and secondary schools remain open.

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    • Slovakia plans to restrict movement of people for Easter

      Slovakia plans to restrict movement of people for Easter

      Slovakia plans to restrict free movement of people from Wednesday through to 13 April, PM Igor Matovic said on Sunday. During these six days people will be allowed only to travel to work, go shopping, or visit a doctor, he told a news conference. "The goal of these measures is to avoid unnecessary travelling and meeting and thus avoid unnecessary infecting our relatives or those close to us," Matovic said.

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    • Who will finally get right? Sweden or the rest of the world

      Who will finally get right? Sweden or the rest of the world

      Lockdowns, curfew, closed borders, scaled down or stopped public transport, mass quarantine, emergency measures of every kind. This is the picture all over the world in the last weeks with a few exceptions. And the most visible among them is Sweden. While all over Europe life as we know it by early March has stopped, in the Scandinavian country primary schools and borders remain open, and cafes, restaurants and shops are working. Still.

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