# social distancing

A gravedigger wears protective clothing at the Recanto da Paz Municipal Cemetery during the burial of a victim of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in the city of Breves, southwest of Marajo Island, an island at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Brazilian state of Para, on May 30, 2020. - The pandemic is spreading across Brazil under a cloud of confrontation, as governors and mayors implement restrictive measures while President Jair Bolsonaro, who has pinned his hopes of re-election on a booming economy, has berated them for imposing what he calls "the tyranny of total quarantine." (Photo by Tarso SARRAF / AFP)
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Outside Europe, nations floundering in virus’ first wave

As Europe begins its cautious reopening after weathering the pandemic's first wave in lockdown, many developing countries continue to be battered by skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases
People enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in Paris during a heatwave on June 23, 2020. Photo: Christophe Archambault / AFP
People enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Pa […]

Europe basks in hot weather as experts fear virus risk

Recently released from lockdown, many Europeans thronged shady parks as temperatures soared during a heat wave experts fear will lead to new infections as people flout social distancing rules
People enjoy the sunny weather in Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca on June 15, 2020. - A planeload of German tourists flew today to Spain's Mallorca island, taking part in a test of plans to reopen the popular destination as the country emerges from its coronavirus lockdown. The 180 Germans flew from Duesseldorf to Mallorca, the largest island in the sunny Balearic archipelago, six days before Spain is to open its borders in general on June 21. Almost 11,000 tourists from Germany are to follow in the coming days. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)
People enjoy the sunny weather in Palma […]

For Europeans, a post-virus summer at the beach?

With lockdowns being lifted and the tourism industry up against the wall, the European Union has set out plans to reopen its internal borders, prompting many to plan a post-coronavirus summer holiday
A shopper walks past a sign reading "Welcome Back" in the window display of a re-opened Zara shop in Grafton Street in central Dublin, Ireland on June 8, 2020, as lockdown measures are eased during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Stores and some offices reopened on Monday in Ireland, as the government decided to speed up deconfinement due to progress in fighting the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic in the country. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)
A shopper walks past a sign reading "Wel […]

Down but not out: crisis puts the brakes on fast fashion

Zara, H&M and Gap may be reopening their stores but the coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the fast fashion sector, which needs a radical overhaul if it is to recover, experts say
Two women pose as they greet each other with their elbows in the Vieux Port of Marseille southern France, on May 17, 2020, in order to use new social distanciation gesture to salute people as a prophylactic measure against the spread of the Covid-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)
Two women pose as they greet each other […]

Mediterranean sorrow as virus upends greeting rituals

To greet friends by kissing, hugging and shaking hands is considered part of the essence of Mediterranean identity but the fear of spreading the coronavirus has forced people to adopt new social norms
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
People sunbathe at the Barceloneta beach in Barcelona on May 20, 2020 during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, amid the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Barcelona opened its beaches and parks for walks, in a slight relaxation of lockdown measures. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)
People sunbathe at the Barceloneta beach […]

How will European tourism survive the virus?

Tourism is a key component in the European economy, accounting for 10 percent of all activity but it now faces its greatest challenge -- how will it survive the coronavirus pandemic?
On Cyprus, authorities issued a "yellow warning" for a second straight day on Monday over extreme temperatures. Photo: Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP
On Cyprus, authorities issued a "yellow […]

Virus-confined Med states wilt in record heat wave

Across the Mediterranean and its alluring beaches, a heatwave has hit countries just as they cautiously ease COVID-19 lockdowns, stoking hopes the new season will help fight the virus
Children prepare to enter their classroom at the Saint Germain de Charonne school in Paris on May 14, 2020 as primary schools in France re-open this week and the country eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
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How does the virus affect children? And should they be in school?

With parents and policymakers agonising over when to reopen schools as lockdowns ease, scientists are still struggling to find out how the new coronavirus affects children
A man walks along a private beach in Jesolo, near Venice in northeast Italy, on May 12, 2020 during the country's coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP
A man walks along a private beach in Jes […]

Europe seeks to save the summer holidays

The EU has set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, hoping to save millions of tourism jobs threatened by the coronavirus across Europe, the world's top holiday destination
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