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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)
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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
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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)
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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
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)
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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
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIETTE LE ROUX (FILES) This file photo taken on December 6, 2008 shows a prostitute, waiting for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Dutch prostitute Terry van der Zijden proudly points to a photo she took of the bedroom in which she plies her trade; a sexless still-life neatly mounted on the wall of an Amsterdam art gallery. "There is my bed, that is my bureau" she states matter-of-factly in front of a picture of a room with tranquil green linen, scatter cushions and potted flowers -- part of an exhibition entitled "This is my workplace" by sex workers who completed a photography course in June. AFP PHOTO/ANOEK DE GROOT (Photo by ANOEK DE GROOT / AFP)
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Sex workers’ hands tied under virus lockdowns

Across Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many sex workers to rely on hardship funds and online platforms to make ends meet with many worried about the future after lockdowns are lifted
A nurse looks at Corinne B. a patient infected with COVID-19 at the post COVID-19 unit of the Lariboisiere Hospital AP-HP (Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris) in Paris on April 27, 2020, on the 42nd day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
A nurse looks at Corinne B. a patient in […]

Virus takes toll on mental health of Europe’s medics

Health experts in countries worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic are warning of a psychological crisis among medical staff brought on by dealing with high levels of serious illness and death
A man wearing a face mask visits the Park Guell in Barcelona, on May 20, 2020, during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Barcelona opened its beaches and parks for walks, in a slight relaxation of lockdown measures. Josep LAGO / AFP
A man wearing a face mask visits the Par […]

In the absence of tourists, locals reclaim their cities

The coronavirus lockdowns may not have been universally popular but they have alleviated some of the ills associated with tourism such as the overcrowding of city centres and rent rises
Customers exercise at the "Crossfit Trastevere" gym in the Trastevere district of Rome, on May 25, 2020 as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. - Swimming pools, gyms and fitness clubs reopened in Italy on May 25, 2020, marking a new stage in the deconfinement that begun three weeks ago. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP)
Customers exercise at the "Crossfit Tras […]

European pools and gyms slowly reopen but seniors wary

European gyms and pools have begun reopening as the coronavirus lockdown eases in Germany, Iceland, Italy and Spain, but some elderly patrons remain wary of taking the plunge