# COVID-19

Thousands of Spanish flags, representing the Spanish victims of COVID-19, are pictured on Patacona beach in Valencia, on October 4, 2020. - Spain has so far claimed more than 32,000 lives and 790,000 infected in the highest infection rate in the European Union. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP)
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Spain becomes first EU nation with one million virus cases

Spain has become the first European Union nation to record a million coronavirus infections, as the government mulls fresh restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the disease
Pedestrians wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), of a face mask or covering as a precautionary measure against spreading COVID-19, in Dublin on October 19, 2020, amid reports that further lockdown restrictions could be imposed to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. - Ireland will crank up coronavirus restrictions, prime minister Micheal Martin said last week, announcing a raft of new curbs along the border with the British province of Northern Ireland. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)
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Ireland is first EU country to re-enter lockdown

Ireland will become the first European country to return to a national coronavirus lockdown, with everyone asked to "stay at home" for six weeks, but schools will remain open
Thousands of Spanish flags, representing the Spanish victims of COVID-19, are pictured on Patacona beach in Valencia, on October 4, 2020. - Spain has so far claimed more than 32,000 lives and 790,000 infected in the highest infection rate in the European Union. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP)
Thousands of Spanish flags, representing […]

Spain hopes to create 800,000 jobs with economic rescue plan

Spain's government has unveiled an EU-funded recovery plan aimed at creating over 800,000 new jobs and yanking the country out of its worst economic slump in decades
(FILES) This file aerial photo taken on April 22, 2020 shows a burial taking place at an area where new graves have been dug up at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, in the Amazon forest in Brazil. - More than one million people have died from the coronavirus, according to an AFP toll, with no let-up in a pandemic that has ravaged the world economy, inflamed diplomatic tensions and upended lives from Indian slums and Brazilian jungles to America's biggest city. (Photo by Michael DANTAS / AFP)
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Global coronavirus death toll passes one million

More than one million people have died from coronavirus, according to an AFP toll, marking a grim milestone in the spread of the disease that has ravaged the world economy and upended lives
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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Italy avoids Europe’s dramatic virus uptick, but for how long?

Italy was the first Western country to be struck by the coronavirus pandemic, but now it is an outlier in Europe with limited new cases. How did it avoid a second wave in new infections?
A member of the public walks past a shop selling face masks for the COVID-19 pandemic in Glasgow on September 2, 2020. The Scottish government imposed fresh restrictions on the city after a rise in cases of the novel coronavirus. - Scotland imposed fresh restrictions on the city of Glasgow on September 2 after a rise in coronavirus cases, as similar local-lockdown measures elsewhere in Britain came under criticism. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said people living in Glasgow and two surrounding areas should not visit other people's houses, after 66 new cases were recorded in the area on Tuesday. The measures will last two weeks. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP)
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Do masks help boost Covid immunity?

Could the face mask have another benefit in the fight against Covid-19? Some researchers believe they could expose wearers to smaller doses of the disease which spark an immune response