# COVID-19

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
Volunteers from the Aluche Neighbors Association (AVA) collect food donations from companies and individuals at their food bank to share them among people in need in Madrid on May 14, 2020. - AVA warned that due to the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, many people have already few resources left. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)
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In Spain, food aid queues grow as poverty outpaces 2008 crisis

Accepting food handouts has become reality for thousands in Spain where poverty has soared during the pandemic, echoing the 2008 crisis from which many have barely recovered
A nurse looks at Corinne B. a patient infected with COVID-19 at the post COVID-19 unit of the Lariboisiere Hospital AP-HP (Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris) in Paris on April 27, 2020, on the 42nd day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
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Virus takes toll on mental health of Europe’s medics

Health experts in countries worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic are warning of a psychological crisis among medical staff brought on by dealing with high levels of serious illness and death
Customers exercise at the "Crossfit Trastevere" gym in the Trastevere district of Rome, on May 25, 2020 as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. - Swimming pools, gyms and fitness clubs reopened in Italy on May 25, 2020, marking a new stage in the deconfinement that begun three weeks ago. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP)
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European pools and gyms slowly reopen but seniors wary

European gyms and pools have begun reopening as the coronavirus lockdown eases in Germany, Iceland, Italy and Spain, but some elderly patrons remain wary of taking the plunge
Callers attempt to establish who the patients spent time with — and may have infected — during the two days before their symptoms emerged. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
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Belgium’s new profession, the Virus Tracker

With Belgian leaders still debating how to set-up and deploy a coronavirus tracing smartphone app, authorities have set up old-fashioned call centres to interview the infected
A health worker wearing protective gear takes care of a patient at the intensive care unit, treating COVID-19 patients, of the Tor vergata hospital in Rome, on May 12, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the Covid-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
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Coronavirus infections top 5 million worldwide

Global infections from the novel coronavirus have surpassed five million as the pandemic plays out unevenly across the planet
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to address a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who attends via video link, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on May 18, 2020 on the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Kay NIETFELD / POOL / AFP)
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French-German recovery plan faces tough Brussels test

The road to clinch an EU recovery plan remains difficult, officials have warned, despite the surprise entente between Berlin and Paris to back a 500 billion euro rescue
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)
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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?
Picture shows the empty Palma Beach, in Palma de Mallorca, on April 4, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced today the extension of the country's lockdown until April 25 in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, Spain today recorded a second successive daily fall in coronavirus-related deaths with 809 fatalities. The total number of fatalities in the country stands at 11,744, second only to Italy. The number of new Spanish cases also slowed to 7,026, taking the total to 124,736. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP) / ìThe erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by JAIME REINA has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [the empty Palma Beach, in Palma de Mallorca] instead of [the empty beach of Palmanova in Calvia]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.î
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Tensions rise as Germans clamour to return to Mallorcan homes

Germans with holiday homes in Mallorca are clamouring to return to the sun-soaked island as the coronavirus lockdowns ease, but Spanish authorities are pushing back
Employee Andrea Kuenle-Bartsch decorates a mannequin with a face mask in a fashion store in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany, on April 20, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Parts of Europe hit hard by the deadly coronavirus pandemic took tentative steps towards resuming normal lives on Monday, April 20, 2020, with Germany allowing some shops to reopen. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP)
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Multinationals in the time of virus: who wins, who loses?

The coronavirus pandemic, set to provoke a severe global recession this year, is hitting multinational companies disproportionately. But what sectors might succeed during the pandemic?