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A sign reading 'Special hygiene measures - UK Mutant', referring to the B117 Covid strain, in an intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital in Freising, southern Germany on April 12, 2021. Photo: Lennart Preiss / AFP
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Pandemic hits ‘critical point’ as Europe deaths top one million

Europe has passed the grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths, as the WHO warned that infections are rising exponentially despite widespread efforts aimed at stopping them
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson (L) and Wesley Weibrecht (C) prepare to load the coffin of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 into a hearse at their funeral home in Manchester, northern England on May 26, 2020. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
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Why does the UK have Europe’s highest official coronavirus toll?

While the British government insists it has been "guided by the science" and taken "the right decisions at the right time", the toll of 42,000 coronavirus deaths has fuelled criticism
Municipal employees put masks in envelopes to send the town's residents in Lincent, eastern Belgium, on April 28, 2020, during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
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Resourceful Belgians team up to supply virus masks

Belgium has promised every resident a protective mask from next week, when the country begins to lift its coronavirus lockdown, and mayors like Yves Kinnard are taking matters into their own hands
A near-deserted Regent Street in London pictured on April 13, 2020 during the nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Glyn Kirk / AFP
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Exit lockdowns with caution to avoid being confined again: experts

As several countries prepare to ease sweeping restrictions in place to slow the coronavirus pandemic, experts say the openings should be enacted with caution to avoid a fresh wave of infection
Workers furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden are retrained to work in hospitals and care homes, in Stockholm on April 8, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP
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Furloughed staff in Sweden retrain to help hospitals

Furloughed because of the pandemic, airline and hotel employees in Sweden are retraining to work as hospital and nursing home assistants as the country's death toll exceeds 1,200
Undertakers of the Pueyo Company, wearing protective masks, leave the Chateauneuf-les-Martigues cemetery's burial chamber, southern France, with the coffin of an 86-year-old Muslim man before placing it in a temporary vault, on April 3, 2020 after his repatriation to Algeria was rendered impossible due to the lack of flights following the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). - The man who has no known relatives in France, was found dead in his appartment. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)
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100,000 deaths as coronavirus pandemic continues to rage

More than 100,000 people across the globe have died from the novel coronavirus since it emerged in China last December, according to an AFP tally based on official sources
A medical professional wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 carries a tank as a patient is taken from an ambulance into St Thomas' Hospital in north London, on April 1, 2020. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
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Lives behind grim coronavirus numbers

As the coronavirus death toll spirals in country after country, the sheer scale of the pandemic sweeping the globe can sometimes obscure individual tragedies
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