October 2020

Medical workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) take care of a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the Covid-19 (the novel coromavirus) cases, in the San Filippo Neri hospital in Rome, on October 29, 2020. - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tightened nationwide coronavirus restrictions after the country registered a record number of new cases, despite opposition from regional heads and street protests over curfews. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
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Coronavirus: Europe still virus epicentre this week

The number of people infected by the coronavirus continued to surge in Europe over the past week, keeping the continent at the epicentre of the pandemic.
A shopper wearing a protective mask buys fruits in a Paris' district market on May 12, 2020, after France eased lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
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Eurozone GDP up 12.7% in Q3, biggest quarterly rise

Eurozone output soared by 12.7 percent in the third quarter as the bloc bounced back from the depths of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the Eurostat statistics agency
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2020. - Trump said Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the Open Skies arms control treaty with Russia, accusing Moscow of breaking the terms. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
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Poll finds majority of Europeans would vote for Biden

Joe Biden would hammer Donald Trump in the upcoming US presidential election if it were Europeans heading to the ballot box, according to a new poll
Medical staff take a patient on a gurney to a waiting medical flight at the Bron airport near Lyon, southeastern France, on October 27, 2020, to be evacuated on another hospital, amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 caused by the new Coronavirus. (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP)
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EU to fund transfer of virus patients across borders

The European Union will set aside 220 million euros to transfer Covid patients from hard-hit member states to neighbours with spare hospital beds, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen says
Medical staff take a patient from an helicopter to a waiting medical flight at the Bron airport near Lyon, southeastern France, on October 27, 2020, to be evacuated on another hospital, amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 caused by the new Coronavirus. (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP)
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France, Germany impose drastic curbs as virus surges in Europe

France is preparing to begin a new lockdown as Germany imposed drastic new curbs, with European leaders set to hold a video summit to discuss the spikes in coronavirus infections on the continent
People sit in deckchairs as they enjoy the sunshine on the beach in Brighton on the south coast of England on June 2, 2020 following a further relaxation of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown rules. - Suspected and confirmed cases of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in Britain have risen to 48,000, according to official data published Tuesday. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)
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Pandemic slashes international tourism by 70%: UN

International tourists arrivals plunged by 70 percent during the first eight months of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2020 passengers wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, arrive at Heathrow airport, west London. - London Heathrow said on October 28, 2020 that Paris Charles de Gaulle has overtaken it to become Europe's largest airport in terms of passenger numbers, blaming delayed coronavirus testing and travel restrictions. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
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Heathrow says Paris now Europe’s busiest airport

London Heathrow has said Paris Charles de Gaulle had overtaken it to become Europe's top airport in terms of passenger numbers, blaming delayed coronavirus testing and travel restrictions.
Medical staff members transport a patient at the intensive care unit of the Lariboisiere Hospital of the AP-HP (Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris) in Paris, on October 14, 2020. (Photo by LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP)
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France fears new lockdown to contain virus flare-up

France is preparing for tough new restrictions to halt a flare-up in Covid-19 cases that has alarmed doctors, with a second lockdown widely mooted as hospitals battle an influx of patients
A medical worker puts on his personal protective equipment before working at the intensive care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at The University Hospital Centre in Liege, Belgium, on October 22, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
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‘Trench warfare’ in Liege, Europe’s new virus front

Shell-shocked hospital staff, some of whom have tested positive for the coronavirus, are fighting a losing battle in the Belgian city of Liege against Europe's second wave of Covid-19
Cyclists pass through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing in China's northwest Hebei province, 18 July 2006. China's economy expanded at its fastest pace in a decade with growth of 11.3 percent in the second quarter, official data showed, exceeding expectations and possibly signaling the need for new cooling measures. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP)
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Air pollution linked to 15 percent of coronavirus deaths: study

Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of Covid-19 deaths globally, according to research that highlights the health risks posed by greenhouse gas emissions