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Commuters, some wearing face coverings due to Covid-19, travel on a packed London Overground train service towards central London on March 1, 2022, during a day of strike action on London Underground services. Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP
Commuters, some wearing face coverings d... […]

‘Perfect storm’: Europe Covid rise due to fewer curbs, subvariant

Covid-19 is again surging in Western Europe due to a "perfect storm" of governments lifting restrictions, waning immunity and the more contagious BA.2 Omicron subvariant, experts say
"Let's not turn the European funds into a partisan question... which is what the opposition wants," Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
"Let's not turn the European funds into ... […]

Tension in Spain over use of EU recovery funds

The Spanish government is increasingly under fire over its use of the EU's massive economic recovery funds, with critics blasting the distribution of aid as too slow and arbitrary
A nurse goes to check on a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit of the Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France on January 5, 2022. Photo: Nicolas Tucat / AFP
A nurse goes to check on a Covid-19 pati... […]

Omicron less severe but still a threat to health systems

Omicron is causing record numbers of cases around the world, and though it causes less severe Covid-19 experts warn this wave still threatens to overwhelm health systems
A staff member scans the QR code of a fan's Covid-19 health pass before a Ligue 1 match in Rennes, northwest France on August 8, 2021. Photo: Jean-Francois Monier / AFP
A staff member scans the QR code of a fa... […]

Health first, freedom second? How Covid is changing democracies

From lockdowns to mandatory mask-wearing and Covid passes to access certain venues, the pandemic has led to sweeping restrictions on civil liberties in some of the world's oldest democracies