# Britain

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
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‘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 man wearing a face mask works in a fruit and vegetable shop in Puente de Vallecas, one of the poorest districts in Madrid, on April 20, 2020 during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP
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Europe’s fresh food prices in flux as virus impact bites

Food growers across Europe are grappling with the ripple effects of coronavirus lockdowns that have snarled supply chains and upended demand, with many shoppers feeling the squeeze
Staff prepare beds ready for use inside the NHS Louisa Jordan field hospital, set up in the main hall at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on April 20, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - "From Monday 20 April 2020, the hospital will be equipped and clinically ready to treat patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, if required", a scottish government press release announced. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)
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Coronavirus highlights role of foreign staff in British hospitals

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the important contribution foreign workers make to Britain's National Health Service, prompting a possible rethink on their immigration status post-Brexit
A security man guards the main entrance of the Louvre Museum in Paris on April 2, 2020 on the seventeenth day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). (Photo by THOMAS COEX / AFP)
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‘Don’t forget us!’ – Europe’s museums respond to virus

European museums closed because of coronavirus have been quick to reach out to audiences in imaginative ways during an almost continent-wide lockdown
A medical professional wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 carries a tank as a patient is taken from an ambulance into St Thomas' Hospital in north London, on April 1, 2020. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
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Lives behind grim coronavirus numbers

As the coronavirus death toll spirals in country after country, the sheer scale of the pandemic sweeping the globe can sometimes obscure individual tragedies
A woman waves from the window of her flat in the Trastevere district of Rome on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP
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Windows of hope: Life in Europe under lockdown

From the woman in Rome who lines up glasses of water to drink every day, to the British composer leading a virtual orchestra, life for Europeans under lockdown is a mix of resilience and creativity
A patient under respiratory assistance is escorted to the Strasbourg University Hospital by members of the medical staff of the SAMU-SMUR emergency services who wear protective suits and facemasks, in Strasbourg, on March 16, 2020 during a COVID-19 outbreak hitting Europe. - French president will speak on television at 8:00 (Paris time) on March 16, 2020 to announce new measures to fight the growing coronavirus epidemic, said the Elysee. The balance sheet of the epidemic climbed to 127 dead and 5,423 confirmed cases in France. (Photo by Patrick HERTZOG / AFP)
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COVID-19: How many people could die?

The coronavirus could kill millions unless widespread and prolonged social distancing measures are adopted, health experts say
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.
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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