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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 woman wears a painted protective facemask at the Syntagma square, in central Athens, on May 7, 2020 during a demonstration organised by artists, musicians and actors to ask for help to the Greek government for the financial loses due to the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19, (the novel coronavirus). (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)
A woman wears a painted protective facem […]

How to wear it: your COVID-19 mask

The advice on face masks and coverings has shifted as we learn more about COVID-19. Here are some useful tips on the different types of masks and how to make your own face covering
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
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to members of staff and contractors as she tours the NHS Louisa Jordan field hospital, set up at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on April 10, 2020, to potentially help with extra patients caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - The disease has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 60,000 people nationwide and killed over 8,000, with a daily death toll in England of 866 reported on April 10. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / POOL / AFP)
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Tensions mount as Scotland goes its own way on virus lockdown

First independence. Then Brexit. Now Scotland's handling of the coronavirus outbreak has stirred up fresh tensions with the UK government, despite an initial unified approach.
Primary school students arrive at school in The Hague, on May 11, 2020, as primaries, playgroups and childcare reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Sem van der Waal / ANP / AFP
Primary school students arrive at school […]

Cheers and tears as Europe’s kids go back to school

Excited children greeted their friends and weary parents got used to early starts again as schools in several European countries reopened after a nearly two-month coronavirus break
Israeli pupils attend a class at the Sadot Elementary School in the town of Pardes Hanna-Karkur in central Israel on May 3, 2020 as the country eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP
Israeli pupils attend a class at the Sad […]

Back to school? Officials move warily as challenges loom

Authorities worldwide face the challenge of returning millions of children to schools shut due to the coronavirus, weighing the need to limit educational damage against the risk of a surge in cases
Funeral Directors James Collier and David Bell wearing mask and gloves transport the coffin of care worker Janet Livingston, 60, who died of COVID-19, at Emslie S. Collier and Son Funeral Directors in Montrose, east Scotland on May 4, 2020, to be loaded into the hearse and driven to the crematorium for the funeral service. - Janet Livingston, a 60-year-old care worker, fell ill nearly three weeks ago after she returned home from a shift at a care home where three people had been infected with COVID-19. Despite initially testing negative for the virus she developed a high fever of 39 degrees and difficulty breathing. She died of COVID-19 in hospital with her 25-year-old son Jamie at her side. Jamie then had to go directly home to self-isolate for two weeks at his home in the coastal village called Ferryden in east Scotland, emerging to attend Janet's funeral on May 4, 2020. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) / AFP PHOTO ESSAY BY ANDY BUCHANAN
Funeral Directors James Collier and Davi […]

‘Slow response’: how Britain became worst-hit in Europe by virus

Britain now has the world's second-highest cumulative coronavirus death toll, behind only the United States, after updated official figures showed it had surpassed Italy
A health employee wearing a protective jumpsuit disinfects a local tram in Zagreb as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 caused by novel coronavirus on March 13, 2020. - Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December 2019, more than 135,640 cases have been recorded in 122 countries and territories, killing 5,043 people, according to an AFP tally compiled on March 13, 2020 based on official sources. (Photo by Damir SENCAR / AFP)
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EU vows virus help for Balkans and warns against China

The EU has vowed to support its Balkan neighbours against the coronavirus but warned them to be grateful for the help, after China's "mask diplomacy" made inroads in the region
A person wearing a protective face mask walks by the EU Commission building bearing a banner that reads "Coronavirus Global Response" in Brussels on May 6, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / POOL / AFP)
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Europe’s ‘historic’ recession threatens eurozone survival

The EU has forecast that the eurozone economy will contract by a staggering 7.7 percent in 2020, warning the wreckage from the coronavirus outbreak could endanger the single currency