March 2020

Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample from a driver through a car window at a drive-through testing point for the coronavirus in Halle, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2020. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample fro […]

Germany bets on S. Korean model in virus fightback

In the race against the coronavirus, Germany is betting on widespread testing and quarantining to break the infection chain, a strategy borrowed from South Korea
Civil Defence members carry a patient on a stretcher as they arrive at the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganes, Spain, on March 26, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Civil Defence members carry a patient on […]

Brutal choices, loneliness, death: on the frontline with Spain’s medics

Meet Sara, Regina, Sonia and Irene, healthcare workers on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus that has brought Spain's hospitals to the brink of collapse
A man touches the coffin of his mother during a funeral service in the closed cemetery of Seriate, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP)
A man touches the coffin of his mother d […]

Rapid virus spread pushes cases past half a million

The coronavirus pandemic has now infected 500,000 people, ravaged the global economy and confined billions to their homes
dpatopbilder - HANDOUT - 06.03.2020, USA, Washington: Diese von den Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) im Januar 2020 zur Verfügung gestellte Illustration zeigt das neuartige Coronavirus. Wie ein stacheliger Ball sieht das neue Coronavirus aus, wenn man es sehr stark vergrößert. Foto: Cdc/ZUMA Wire/dpa
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Contagious diseases compared

How contagious is Covid-19 compared to other diseases? This graphic illustrates the number of people which are infected on average by a person suffering from a disease (e.g. measles, influenza, Ebola...).
A woman waves from the window of her flat in the Trastevere district of Rome on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP
A woman waves from the window of her fla […]

Windows of hope: Life in Europe under lockdown

From the woman in Rome who lines up glasses of water to drink every day, to the British composer leading a virtual orchestra, life for Europeans under lockdown is a mix of resilience and creativity
Die Abgeordneten verfolgen im Plenum eine Abstimmungt. Im Kampf gegen die Coronavirus-Krise werden erstmals überhaupt die europäischen Schulden- und Defizitregeln vorübergehend ausgesetzt. Dem stimmten die EU-Wirtschafts- und Finanzminister am Montag zu.
Die Abgeordneten verfolgen im Plenum ein […]

Eurozone finance ministers inch closer to bailout credit for coronavirus spending

There is "broad support" for allowing a credit line from the eurozone's bailout fund, but the discussion has just begun and more work is needed to get things done.
A general view taken on March 20, 2020 in Florence shows the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte illuminated with the colours of the Italian flag during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Carlo Bressan / AFP
A general view taken on March 20, 2020 i […]

Why Italy? Factors behind the country’s coronavirus disaster

Why Italy? Many wonder why the Mediterranean country has become the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic over the past 10 days