April 2020

A policeman stands in a passage of the Vienna Hofburg in Vienna, Austria on March 15, 2020. - Austria on March 15, 2020 banned gatherings of more than five people and told residents to go out only if necessary, in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus. Police would enforce new restrictions on public life, the government said, threatening fines for non-compliance. The tougher measures were decided at an extraordinary session of parliament, during which Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called on the population to self-isolate and limit contacts to "the people they live with". (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)
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Easing European COVID-19 measures a test for officials

As some European countries plan to start easing coronavirus lockdowns, resuming economic and social life is likely to be a delicate operation
Undertakers of the Pueyo Company, wearing protective masks, leave the Chateauneuf-les-Martigues cemetery's burial chamber, southern France, with the coffin of an 86-year-old Muslim man before placing it in a temporary vault, on April 3, 2020 after his repatriation to Algeria was rendered impossible due to the lack of flights following the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). - The man who has no known relatives in France, was found dead in his appartment. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)
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100,000 deaths as coronavirus pandemic continues to rage

More than 100,000 people across the globe have died from the novel coronavirus since it emerged in China last December, according to an AFP tally based on official sources
A woman walks past a department store of German retail chain Galeria of the Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof group on April 2, 2020 in Berlin, closed as most shops in a measure to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. - As media reported on April 2, 2020, the Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof group filed for insolvency. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
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‘What will I live on?’: Crisis-hit Europeans seek state aid

How have European nations sought to help the thousands of self-employed who have found themselves without work due to the coronavirus pandemic?
A prison guard walks in a corridor at the preventing radicalisation district (QPR) on July 12, 2019, at the Sante prison in Paris. - Since June 24, 2019, the Prison de la Sante houses the 3rd QPR of France. (Photo by Dominique FAGET / AFP)
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Europe worries about virus timebomb in its prisons

European governments fear prisons are virus timebombs during this pandemic and are looking at early releases to reduce the risk for those behind bars.
A medical professional wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 carries a tank as a patient is taken from an ambulance into St Thomas' Hospital in north London, on April 1, 2020. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
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Lives behind grim coronavirus numbers

As the coronavirus death toll spirals in country after country, the sheer scale of the pandemic sweeping the globe can sometimes obscure individual tragedies
A 3D printer makes pieces for face shields destined for sanitary use at the BCN3D 3D Printer Farm in the Mediterranean Technology Park (PMT) in Castelldefels on March 30, 2020. - An army of 3D printers buzzes endlessly at the Spanish company BCN3D. Like dozens of other European companies, they have abandoned their regular production of 3D printers to supply face shields to hospitals waging war on the coronavirus. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)
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European industry retools to fight coronavirus

Across Europe, 3D printers, auto manufacturers and garment factories have rapidly switched production to help in the fight against COVID-19
Medical staff at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Institute in Marseille, France, display packets of Nivaquine tablets, containing chloroquine, and Plaqueril, containing hydroxychloroquine, drugs that has shown signs of effectiveness against coronavirus, on February 26, 2020. Photo: Gerard Julien / AFP
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Medicine shortage looms over coronavirus-hit Europe

While the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, medicines used to deal with the symptoms of the disease are increasingly in critically short supply in Europe, the worst-hit continent