Radio Sweden Weekly: no-shows at coronavirus test centres, volunteers rally to make up for PPE shortage, Swedes mark World Press Freedom Day


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Drive-through test centres have been set up as part of the government's plans to scale up testing for Covid-19. The problem is, hardly anyone is showing up.
So far, Sweden has carried out roughly 120,000 tests for the coronavirus, but the government has vowed to scale up testing to 100,000 per week, primarily for frontline and critical workers. They need a referral from a doctor or nurse to get swabbed at a drive-through test centre, but Radio Sweden visited a facility where the staff have very little to do. Also, care workers have raised the alarm over a shortage in personal protective equipment. Now, Swedes are mobilising to produce everything from visors to facemasks. Radio Sweden has visited one of two pop-up factories in southern Stockholm where hundreds of volunteers have made 25,000 plastic gowns. Plus, the campaign to get the Chinese-Swedish book seller and writer Gui Minhai released from a Chinese jail continued this week, as Swedish publishers and writers petitioned the Chinese embassy for Gui's release. The demonstration was timed to coincide with World Press Freedom Day and Gui's birthday. Radio Sweden was there. Those stories and more, in this edition of Radio Sweden Weekly. Nathalie Rothschild

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