Swedish Cairo reporter: “Glad I’m alive.” More cases of dengue fever in Sweden. Actor Per Grundén dies. Time-out for Swedish Democrat MP.
Swedish Cairo reporter: “Glad I’m alive”
The Swedish reporter who recently got stabbed in central Cairo, Bert Sundström, says he’s glad to be alive. Sundström, who is a reporter at Swedish Television, had just left his hotel when he was stopped by a group of civilians, some sort of mob, which followed him and surrounded him. After that he doesn’t remember anything. He was found later in the evening at a hospital with knife injuries in one of his lungs and in the head. According to the doctors, he will make a complete recovery.
More cases of dengue fever in Sweden
There are more cases of the difficult tropical disease dengue fever in Sweden. The disease is carried by mosquitoes, and most of the affected Swedes picked it up while vacationing in Thailand. Last year there were 151 cases in Sweden, a 50 percent increase since 2009, according to Smittskyddsinstitutet (Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control). The disease is described as difficult but rarely dangerous (though a blood transfusion sometimes is necessary), with symptoms like high fever, headaches and joint pains. There are no vaccines for dengue fever. Travelers are asked to choose accommodations with air conditioning and tightly closed windows, to use insect repellents and wear long-sleeved T-shirts and pants during the evenings when the mosquitoes are most active.
Actor Per Grundén dies
Swedish actor Per Grundén has passed away. Grundén, who was 88, was known to the general movie-going audience as Wall-Enberg in the “Jönssonligan”-movies. “'Jönssonligan' was his last job,” his son Mikael Grundén told daily Expressen. But Grundén was also an opera singer, who made his debut in 1945 at Göteborg’s Stora Teatern in “Porgy and Bess.” He also sang in operettas in Vienna, where he lived from 1953-1963, and worked at the Volksoper. Other highlights in his career include: “Hedebyborna” and Hasse and Tage’s “Äppelkriget.” He’s been described by his colleagues as a “great, great friend.”
Time-out for Swedish Democrat MP
Sweden Democrats MP William Petzäll is taking a time-out from his work at the Swedish Riksdag after having ended up in jail to sober up. Recently, the extremely intoxicated Petzäll was seized by Trelleborg police in an apartment that he shares with his former girlfriend, and he was first brought to the emergency room. "What happened is obviously unacceptable. As one of the party's Riksdag representatives, one must always exercise good judgment," said the Sweden Democrats' deputy Riksdag group leader Sven-Olof Sällström in a statement. "We've come to an agreement with William Petzäll that he immediately take a time-out from his political duties and that he seeks help in order to deal seriously with the factors which lay behind the incident."