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This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the coronavirus,COVID-19. - President Donald Trump has played down fears of a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States, even as infections ricochet around the world, prompting a ban on pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. China is no longer the only breeding ground for the deadly virus as countries fret over possible contagion coming from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy. There are now more daily cases being recorded outside China than inside the country, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the World Health Organization. (Photo by Handout / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION(CDC)/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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What we do and don’t know about new Covid mutations

The emergence of two new variants of Sars-CoV-2, which are potentially far more infectious versions of the virus, has prompted widespread concern. This is what we know about the mutations.
A health worker is monitoring a patient at intensive care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at the hospital of La-Chaux-de-Fonds on November 5, 2020. - For several weeks now, Covid-19 has once again been hitting Switzerland and more particularly its western Cantons where hospital capacity is dangerously close to saturation. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
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Europe sees first dip in Covid-19 cases in months, but deaths up: WHO

The number of new Covid-19 cases across Europe declined last week for the first time in over three months, but deaths in the region continued to climb, the World Health Organisation says
A syringe is pictured on an illustration representation of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Paris on May 18, 2020. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
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Vaccine innovation sparks hope, questions

Pfizer and BioNTech say their vaccine is 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 infections, but experts say the announcement raises many questions such as who it will protect and for how long?
In a reception classroom, children sit apart from each other on a carpet where crosses have been marked out for them to sit on, in a teaching environment safe from Coronavirus for pupils and teachers at Brambles Primary Academy in Huddersfield, northern England on June 4, 2020, as the Government's recommencing of education for Reception and Years 1 and 6 classes gets underway. - Primary schools reopened the week commencing June 1, welcoming back children in Reception, year 1 and year 6 age groups, alongside priority groups. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
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How contagious are kids with Covid? Short answer: we don’t know

Are children a major source of contagion for Covid-19? Experts are still divided on the question, even as governments decide whether to keep classrooms open or shut
A couple wear surgical masks while shopping in the Grafton shopping area of in Dublin on March 12, 2020. - Ireland on Thursday announced the closure of all schools and colleges, and recommended the cancellation of mass gatherings as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said "schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow (Friday)", as would state-run cultural institutions. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)
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Does virus crisis stoke case for united Ireland?

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland, as the disease spreads without regard for borders, but will the crisis bolster the case for unification?
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