- Princess Sofia of Sweden undertook a three-day medical course at a Stockholm university and will now assist healthcare workers at the Sophiahemmet Hospital
- She started assisting healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic to relieve the workload of health employees
- The hospital established a new training scheme run by the university so more volunteers could join the fight against coronavirus
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Swedish Princess Sofia Kristina Hellqvist has begun working alongside other healthcare assistants in the hospital to help her country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duchess of Värmland completed a three-day training course at Sophiahemmet University College in Stockholm and will now assist healthcare workers at the same hospital.
A statement issued by Sweden's Royal Court on Wednesday said the princess decided to contribute as a voluntary worker so she could relieve the workload of health workers.
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"In the crisis we find ourselves in, the Princess wants to get involved and make a contribution as a voluntary worker to relieve the large workload of health care professionals."
The hospital has been overwhelmed by Covid-19 which led to the establishment of a new training scheme run by the university.
The scheme will see 80 people a week follow in Sofia's footsteps by completing the course and joining the front-line of healthcare workers.
These people will not directly treat patients, rather they will provide relief for doctors and nurses by performing tasks such as disinfecting equipment, cooking and cleaning.
The former glamour model Sofia became a member of the Swedish royal family in 2015 when she married Prince Carl Philip, who is the son of King Carl Gustaf.
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Sweden has come under fire over its handling of coronavirus, with schools, pubs and restaurants remaining open as the number of new cases in the country rises sharply.
The country's death toll stands at 1 333.
This is more than its Scandinavian neighbours, with Finland recording 75 deaths, Norway 152 deaths and Denmark - by far the most densely-populated Nordic country - recording 321.
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