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People wearing face masks walk past a Euro sign in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on April, 24, 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Yann Schreiber / AFP
People wearing face masks walk past a Eu […]

Europe boosts aid to virus-hit economies as UN seeks ‘people’s vaccine’

The European Central Bank has ramped up efforts to help its coronavirus-hit economies as the UN's chief called for a "people's vaccine" to battle the pandemic
People enjoy a gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) on May 29, 2020 in Venice, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)
People enjoy a gondola ride under the Br […]

Italy thirsts for tourists as country reopens to Europe

Italy has reopened to travellers from Europe, after a three-month lockdown, but few arrivals dimmed hopes of reviving the key tourism industry as the summer season begins
A bottle of Hydroxychloroquine pills pictured on a counter at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on May 20, 2020. Photo: George Frey / AFP
A bottle of Hydroxychloroquine pills pic […]

WHO resumes trials on controversial drug as Italy reopens

The WHO says it will resume coronavirus trials on the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine, while Italy led European nations reopening borders as the pandemic carved its way through Latin America
People walk in front of the Colosseum illuminated in the colors of the Italian flag on May 31, 2020, in Rome. - The Colosseum reopens on June 1. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
People walk in front of the Colosseum il […]

Virus-battered Italy faces worst recession since WWII

Facing its deepest recession since World War II and with business confidence collapsing, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting Italy's economy hard
Recognised refugees families and their children stage a protest outside the UNHCR offices in Athens on May 29, 2020 against planned evictions from their places of shelter. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
Recognised refugees families and their c […]

Thousands face homelessness in Greek refugee relocation push

Abdelkader and his family are among thousands of refugees about to lose the temporary homes they were given under a Greek housing scheme in order to make room for other asylum seekers
This picture taken on May 28, 2020, shows a figurin on a mobile phone diplaying a screenshot of the tracking application StopCovid developed by French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Paris. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
This picture taken on May 28, 2020, show […]

Virus apps expose tension between privacy and need for data

As more governments turn to tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus, tension between the need for public health information and privacy rights has been thrust into the spotlight
A man holds a mobile phone diplaying a screenshot of the tracking application StopCovid developed by the French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, on May 27, in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to fight against the novel coronavirus. - French parliament is due to vote in the afternoon of May 27, 2020 on the StopCovid tracking application. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)
A man holds a mobile phone diplaying a s […]

Virus tracing apps: Which countries are doing what

As countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns, they are relying on phone apps to track a person's movements and who they come into contact with - a vital tool for limiting contagion risks
Two women pose as they greet each other with their elbows in the Vieux Port of Marseille southern France, on May 17, 2020, in order to use new social distanciation gesture to salute people as a prophylactic measure against the spread of the Covid-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)
Two women pose as they greet each other […]

Mediterranean sorrow as virus upends greeting rituals

To greet friends by kissing, hugging and shaking hands is considered part of the essence of Mediterranean identity but the fear of spreading the coronavirus has forced people to adopt new social norms
Airplanes from different companies are parked at the Chateauroux-Deols "Marcel Dassault" Airport (CHR) on May 22, 2020 in Deols, central France. - Many planes from several airlines are parked at Chateauroux-Deols airport until the end of the crisis caused by Covid-19, the new coronavirus. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)
Airplanes from different companies are p […]

Crash landing: Global air transport hit hard by virus

The COVID-19 pandemic has battered the air transport sector by grounding most planes, resulting in layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 27, 2020, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
European Commission President Ursula von […]

EU hopes to heal rifts in debate on post-virus plan

Europe's scattergun approach to the coronavirus epidemic has called into question the EU's ability to rise to the challenge, but Brussels hopes its economic recovery plan will mark a turning point
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