# pandemics

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
A prison guard walks in a corridor at the preventing radicalisation district (QPR) on July 12, 2019, at the Sante prison in Paris. - Since June 24, 2019, the Prison de la Sante houses the 3rd QPR of France. (Photo by Dominique FAGET / AFP)
A prison guard walks in a corridor at th […]

Europe worries about virus timebomb in its prisons

European governments fear prisons are virus timebombs during this pandemic and are looking at early releases to reduce the risk for those behind bars.
An Italian soldier wearing a protective mask checks transit to and from a restricted area at a check-point near the small town of Castiglione d'Adda, southeast of Milan, on February 27, 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
An Italian soldier wearing a protective […]

Coronavirus: Europe readies plans for worst-case scenario

From calling in the army to requisitioning hospital beds, European nations are drawing up emergency plans should the coronavirus outbreak reach pandemic proportions
Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo: Anthony Wallace / AFP
Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a r […]

20th century pandemics more deadly than today’s epidemics

Before the emergence of the new coronavirus, which has caused global alarm, other epidemics struck earlier this century but were less deadly than the previous century's pandemics