# Italy

A woman takes a picture of the empty Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on April 4, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo: Jaime Reina / AFP
A woman takes a picture of the empty Pal […]

Tourism collapse threatens second virus blow to Mediterranean

Northern Europeans may not be able to decamp to Mediterranean beaches this summer because of the coronavirus, but will their governments support the devastated tourism sector?
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)
A security man guards the main entrance […]

‘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
Undertakers of the Pueyo Company, wearing protective masks, leave the Chateauneuf-les-Martigues cemetery's burial chamber, southern France, with the coffin of an 86-year-old Muslim man before placing it in a temporary vault, on April 3, 2020 after his repatriation to Algeria was rendered impossible due to the lack of flights following the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). - The man who has no known relatives in France, was found dead in his appartment. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)
Undertakers of the Pueyo Company, wearin […]

100,000 deaths as coronavirus pandemic continues to rage

More than 100,000 people across the globe have died from the novel coronavirus since it emerged in China last December, according to an AFP tally based on official sources
A woman walks past a department store of German retail chain Galeria of the Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof group on April 2, 2020 in Berlin, closed as most shops in a measure to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. - As media reported on April 2, 2020, the Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof group filed for insolvency. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
A woman walks past a department store of […]

‘What will I live on?’: Crisis-hit Europeans seek state aid

How have European nations sought to help the thousands of self-employed who have found themselves without work due to the coronavirus pandemic?
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
A medical professional wearing personal […]

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
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