# France

Doctor Jole Serra (L) and nurse Salvatore Sacco of the Carabinieri police provide phone support to COVID-19 patients from the office of ATS Bergamo in Zogno near Bergamo, northern Italy on March 27, 2020. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP 
Doctor Jole Serra (L) and nurse Salvator […]

‘Corona criminals’ prey on Europe’s virus fears

From trafficking dodgy surgical masks to peddling counterfeit medicines, criminals are finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, police warn
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
A woman waves from the window of her fla […]

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)
A patient under respiratory assistance i […]

COVID-19: How many people could die?

The coronavirus could kill millions unless widespread and prolonged social distancing measures are adopted, health experts say
Polish officials are behind the barriers at the border crossing. Poland has closed its borders to all foreigners since Sunday morning because of the Corona crisis. Photo: Jens Buettner/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
Polish officials are behind the barriers […]

European cities in standstill as virus measures squeeze public life

Different measures are being taken by all European countries amid the spread of the coronavirus across the whole continent.
People use hand sanitiser in a polling station in Bordeaux, southwest France set up ahead of the first round of the mayoral elections on March 15, 2020. Photo: Georges Gobet / AFP
People use hand sanitiser in a polling s […]

Viral vote: health fears cast pall over French elections

Have you washed your hands? Did you bring your own pen? Along with deciding who to vote for, these are two of the questions French voters may face when they go to local polls Sunday
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.
An Italian soldier wearing a protective […]

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