# COVID-19

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
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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)
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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
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
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)
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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)
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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
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
Volunteers from the Aluche Neighbors Association (AVA) collect food donations from companies and individuals at their food bank to share them among people in need in Madrid on May 14, 2020. - AVA warned that due to the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, many people have already few resources left. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)
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In Spain, food aid queues grow as poverty outpaces 2008 crisis

Accepting food handouts has become reality for thousands in Spain where poverty has soared during the pandemic, echoing the 2008 crisis from which many have barely recovered
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)
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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
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)
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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