# Health

President of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen holds a press conference on the European Union response to the COVID-19 crisis at the EU headquarters in Brussels on April 15, 2020. Photo: John Thys / Pool / AFP
President of European Commission Ursula […]

EU’s Von der Leyen to unveil 750-bn-euro recovery plan

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen is set to propose a 750-billion-euro post-coronavirus recovery fund for Europe, but will have to win over sceptical member states to push it through
A man wearing a face mask visits the Park Guell in Barcelona, on May 20, 2020, during 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. Josep LAGO / AFP
A man wearing a face mask visits the Par […]

In the absence of tourists, locals reclaim their cities

The coronavirus lockdowns may not have been universally popular but they have alleviated some of the ills associated with tourism such as the overcrowding of city centres and rent rises
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)
Customers exercise at the "Crossfit Tras […]

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
Callers attempt to establish who the pat […]

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)
A health worker wearing protective gear […]

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)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives […]

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
Two African migrants on board the Aita Mari rescue boat watch a new group of migrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan wait to be rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo in Mediterranean international waters off the Libyan coast on February 10, 2020. Photo: Pablo Garcia / AFP
Two African migrants on board the Aita M […]

Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

As the coronavirus dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked tragedy as more migrants try to cross, Europe closes its ports and rescue ships cease to function
British members of the European Parliament from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats pose for a group picture wearing scarves depicting the EU and the Union Jack flags at the Europa Building in Brussels, on January 29, 2020. Photo: John Thys / AFP
British members of the European Parliame […]

UK holds firm on Brexit extension despite coronavirus

Despite the deadlock in post-Brexit EU trade talks and the coronavirus disruption, London still refuses to consider delaying a December deadline -- and the outbreak may even have toughened its stance