Sweden closes high schools and universities

Photo: Matt Dunham, AP

Sweden’s government has advised all high schools (for students aged over 16) and universities to close from Wednesday, with teachers urged to arrange online lessons so that students can keep up with their work.

Schools for younger children have not yet been asked to shut, but the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has told a press conference he will monitor the situation.

Bus passengers in Stockholm have been advised by the city’s transport operator to get on board using side doors, rather than at the front, to reduce contact between the public and drivers.

New guidelines from Sweden’s Public Health Agency on Monday urged workers in the Swedish capital to stay at home and work remotely if they can, with evidence that the virus is spreading more rapidly in Stockholm than elsewhere in the country.

Sweden has not taken the decision to close pubs, cafes or restaurants.


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