June 2020

Funeral service workers Howard Jackson (L) and Wesley Weibrecht (C) prepare to load the coffin of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 into a hearse at their funeral home in Manchester, northern England on May 26, 2020. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson ( […]

Why does the UK have Europe’s highest official coronavirus toll?

While the British government insists it has been "guided by the science" and taken "the right decisions at the right time", the toll of 42,000 coronavirus deaths has fuelled criticism
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 10, 2020 to attend Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the Houses of Parliament. - òThe number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has passed the grim milestone of 50,000, the government said on Tuesday. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
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Britain’s Johnson, EU chiefs seek Brexit talks relaunch

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chiefs have tried to breathe new life into stalled post-Brexit trade talks, with both sides entrenched in long-held positions
15.06.2020, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: Ein Flug nach Palma de Mallorca f¸r den Nachmittag ist in Terminal 1 des Frankfurter Flughafens in der Abflughalle auf einer Anzeigetafel gelistet. Einige Urlauber durften schon nach Mallorca fliegen. Foto: Arne Dedert/dpa - ACHTUNG: Dieses Foto hat dpa bereits im Bildfunk gesendet - Honorarfrei nur f¸r Bezieher des Dienstes dpa-Nachrichten f¸r Kinder +++ dpa-Nachrichten f¸r Kinder +++
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Travel resumes across Europe amid hopes of economic recovery

Several European countries are slowly starting to reopen their EU borders that were closed for about three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, some travel restrictions still do apply.
A sign warning against all but essential travel and urging people to stay at home is seen at a London Underground station in London on March 30, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. - Life in locked-down Britain may not return to normal for six months or longer as it battles the coronavirus outbreak, a top health official warned on Sunday, as the death toll reached passed 1,200. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)
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Questions over virus models that prompted lockdowns

As much of Europe exits lockdown, questions are being asked about the statistical models used to predict the severity of the coronavirus pandemic that led to unprecedented social distancing measures
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova Gorica Klemen Miklavic (L) and his Italian counterpart, mayor of Gorizia Rodolfo Ziberna, cut a symbolic ribbon to inaugurate the reopening of the border between Slovenia and Italy in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on June 15, 2020. Photo: Jure Makovec / AFP
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova […]

EU’s haphazard route to post-lockdown border reopenings

As European countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and lift travel restrictions, the EU has aimed to coordinate border reopening among members - but the process has been far from harmonious
A shopper walks past a sign reading "Welcome Back" in the window display of a re-opened Zara shop in Grafton Street in central Dublin, Ireland on June 8, 2020, as lockdown measures are eased during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Stores and some offices reopened on Monday in Ireland, as the government decided to speed up deconfinement due to progress in fighting the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic in the country. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)
A shopper walks past a sign reading "Wel […]

Down but not out: crisis puts the brakes on fast fashion

Zara, H&M and Gap may be reopening their stores but the coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the fast fashion sector, which needs a radical overhaul if it is to recover, experts say
Moroccan Mustapha Moulay (R) prays with the president of Milan's Islamic Centre, Gueddouda Boubakeur (C), next to the grave of Moulay's wife, who died from COVID-19, in the Muslim section of a largely Roman Catholic cemetery of Bruzzano on the outskirts of Milan on June 5, 2020. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
Moroccan Mustapha Moulay (R) prays with […]

For Italy’s Muslims, lack of burial space deepens grief in pandemic

Italy's Muslim community, like others, suffered many deaths as the coronavirus pandemic hit the country hard, but compounding their pain has been the lack of space to bury their dead
Unikinon chloroquine pills are seen in packaging at the Uni-pharma pharmaceutical company in a northern suburb of Athens, on June 5, 2020, where chloroquine pills are produced. - The company was able to activate an old license to manufacture this controversial drug, which in the 1990s was exported to Africa for the treatment of malaria. Despite the controversy, production and trials of chloroquine are carried on. The scientific community and public opinion are reeling from the withdrawal of the disputed study in the journal The Lancet on the use of chloroquine. But in Greece, where the manufacture of this drug resumed during the pandemic, the controversy is almost non-existent. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)
Unikinon chloroquine pills are seen in p […]

Amid global controversy, Greece moves forward with chloroquine

Seemingly unaffected by the controversy in the global scientific community, Greece has resumed production of chloroquine to treat cases of coronavirus and is conducting clinical trials
EUforeign policy chief Josep Borrell takes part in an online press conference with European Commissioner for Values and Transparency at EU headquarters in Brussels, on June 10, 2020. Photo: Francisco Seco / Pool / AFP
EUforeign policy chief Josep Borrell tak […]

EU won’t launch ‘cold war’, chief diplomat tells China

The EU's chief diplomat says he assured China's foreign minister the bloc does not want a "cold war", as it accused Beijing of waging a coronavirus disinformation campaign