April 2020

A woman takes a picture of the empty Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on April 4, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo: Jaime Reina / AFP
A woman takes a picture of the empty Pal […]

Tourism collapse threatens second virus blow to Mediterranean

Northern Europeans may not be able to decamp to Mediterranean beaches this summer because of the coronavirus, but will their governments support the devastated tourism sector?
Staff prepare beds ready for use inside the NHS Louisa Jordan field hospital, set up in the main hall at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on April 20, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - "From Monday 20 April 2020, the hospital will be equipped and clinically ready to treat patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, if required", a scottish government press release announced. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)
Staff prepare beds ready for use inside […]

Coronavirus highlights role of foreign staff in British hospitals

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the important contribution foreign workers make to Britain's National Health Service, prompting a possible rethink on their immigration status post-Brexit
A healthcare worker attends to a coronavirus patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the Principe de Asturias hospital in Alcala de Henares near Madrid on April 22, 2020. - Spain said another 435 people died in the past 24 hours, a slight increase in the figures for a second day running and bringing the overall death toll to 21,717. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)
A healthcare worker attends to a coronav […]

Why has Spain been hit so hard by the coronavirus pandemic?

Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic and experts say lifestyle and close ties between young and older family members as significant factors in the virus's spread
A security man guards the main entrance of the Louvre Museum in Paris on April 2, 2020 on the seventeenth day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). (Photo by THOMAS COEX / AFP)
A security man guards the main entrance […]

‘Don’t forget us!’ – Europe’s museums respond to virus

European museums closed because of coronavirus have been quick to reach out to audiences in imaginative ways during an almost continent-wide lockdown
A near-deserted Regent Street in London pictured on April 13, 2020 during the nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Glyn Kirk / AFP
A near-deserted Regent Street in London […]

Exit lockdowns with caution to avoid being confined again: experts

As several countries prepare to ease sweeping restrictions in place to slow the coronavirus pandemic, experts say the openings should be enacted with caution to avoid a fresh wave of infection
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz gives a press conference after the negotiations of the Eurogroup. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz give […]

EU ministers call on banks to refrain from paying out dividends

The economy and finance ministers of the European Union member states, as well as the European Commission, are looking for effective measures to help Europe's economy that is hit hard amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis.