Pandemic forces Nobel Foundation to cancel reside prize ceremony

Stockholm, September 22

The winners of this yr’s Nobel Prizes won’t get their medals and diplomas introduced to them at Stockholm’s live performance corridor as regular because of the coronavirus pandemic, the award organisers mentioned on Tuesday.

The prizes, resulting from be introduced subsequent month, will as an alternative be handed out throughout a televised ceremony in December with laureates receiving their awards in their very own international locations.

The Nobel Foundation had already cancelled the glittering banquet which marks the tip of the annual festivities in December. It was the primary time since 1956 that the banquet had been cancelled.

“We had decided already in spring that we would not have a traditional prize ceremony,” Nobel Foundation Chairman Lars Heikensten instructed information company TT.

“But we wanted to wait over summer to see what would happen before we communicated that.”

He mentioned that every laureate would obtain their prize both at a Swedish embassy or the establishment the place they work.

The ceremony for the high-profile Peace Prize takes place in Oslo as it’s chosen by a Norwegian committee.

The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace had been created and funded within the will of Swedish dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901.

More than 5,850 folks in Sweden have died within the COVID-19 pandemic, way more in relation to the dimensions of its inhabitants than in the remainder of the Nordic area, although lower than international locations similar to Britain and Spain. Reuters

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