March 2020

A police car stops trucks waiting at the Giurgiu-Ruse border point between Romania and Bulgaria next to Giurgiu city March 25, 2020. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu / AFP
A police car stops trucks waiting at the […]

Danger, delays haunt truck drivers facing virus lockdown

"We're the only ones allowed to travel across Europe," says Florin Turcu, one of hundreds of truck drivers stuck at the Romania-Bulgaria border as pandemic restrictions mount
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample from a driver through a car window at a drive-through testing point for the coronavirus in Halle, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2020. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample fro […]

Germany bets on S. Korean model in virus fightback

In the race against the coronavirus, Germany is betting on widespread testing and quarantining to break the infection chain, a strategy borrowed from South Korea
(L to R) Bastien Gambaudo, Sofiane Ansal and Ugo Gambaudo, who shop for the elderly during a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, pictured in the Riviera city of Nice, on March 24, 2020. Photo: Valery Hache / AFP
(L to R) Bastien Gambaudo, Sofiane Ansal […]

Samaritans offer help and hope across virus-stricken Europe

As Europeans hunker down during the pandemic, an army of volunteers has emerged to bring help and hope to many, including food deliveries for the elderly and home-sewn face masks
Civil Defence members carry a patient on a stretcher as they arrive at the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganes, Spain, on March 26, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Civil Defence members carry a patient on […]

Brutal choices, loneliness, death: on the frontline with Spain’s medics

Meet Sara, Regina, Sonia and Irene, healthcare workers on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus that has brought Spain's hospitals to the brink of collapse
A man touches the coffin of his mother during a funeral service in the closed cemetery of Seriate, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP)
A man touches the coffin of his mother d […]

Rapid virus spread pushes cases past half a million

The coronavirus pandemic has now infected 500,000 people, ravaged the global economy and confined billions to their homes
dpatopbilder - HANDOUT - 06.03.2020, USA, Washington: Diese von den Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) im Januar 2020 zur Verfügung gestellte Illustration zeigt das neuartige Coronavirus. Wie ein stacheliger Ball sieht das neue Coronavirus aus, wenn man es sehr stark vergrößert. Foto: Cdc/ZUMA Wire/dpa
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Contagious diseases compared

How contagious is Covid-19 compared to other diseases? This graphic illustrates the number of people which are infected on average by a person suffering from a disease (e.g. measles, influenza, Ebola...).