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(FILES) This file aerial photo taken on April 22, 2020 shows a burial taking place at an area where new graves have been dug up at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, in the Amazon forest in Brazil. - More than one million people have died from the coronavirus, according to an AFP toll, with no let-up in a pandemic that has ravaged the world economy, inflamed diplomatic tensions and upended lives from Indian slums and Brazilian jungles to America's biggest city. (Photo by Michael DANTAS / AFP)
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Global coronavirus death toll passes one million

More than one million people have died from coronavirus, according to an AFP toll, marking a grim milestone in the spread of the disease that has ravaged the world economy and upended lives
People walk in front of the Colosseum illuminated in the colors of the Italian flag on May 31, 2020, in Rome. - The Colosseum reopens on June 1. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
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Italy avoids Europe’s dramatic virus uptick, but for how long?

Italy was the first Western country to be struck by the coronavirus pandemic, but now it is an outlier in Europe with limited new cases. How did it avoid a second wave in new infections?
A member of the public walks past a shop selling face masks for the COVID-19 pandemic in Glasgow on September 2, 2020. The Scottish government imposed fresh restrictions on the city after a rise in cases of the novel coronavirus. - Scotland imposed fresh restrictions on the city of Glasgow on September 2 after a rise in coronavirus cases, as similar local-lockdown measures elsewhere in Britain came under criticism. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said people living in Glasgow and two surrounding areas should not visit other people's houses, after 66 new cases were recorded in the area on Tuesday. The measures will last two weeks. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP)
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Do masks help boost Covid immunity?

Could the face mask have another benefit in the fight against Covid-19? Some researchers believe they could expose wearers to smaller doses of the disease which spark an immune response
A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Vertou, western France, shows the logo of US electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
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Virus lockdowns give major boost to e-commerce

While large traditional retailers announce big lay-offs because of the pandemic, the coronavirus lockdowns have given e-commerce a major boost as consumers shift to shopping online
A healthcare worker uses a swab to collect a sample at a temporary testing centre for the novel coronavirus in Madrid on August 17, 2020. - Just seven weeks after bringing its first coronavirus wave under control, experts say Spain is once again in a "critical" situation with the worst infection rate in Western Europe. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)
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Why is Spain once again on the frontline of the pandemic?

Despite a tight lockdown and the mandatory use of face masks, Spain is once again a hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic. Why has the pandemic worsened in Spain?
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictured during an AFP interview at her home in Madrid on June 25, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictu […]

Jobless and desperate: the post-lockdown reality for many

Many workers' lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, as job losses in tourism, air travel, food and drink or other industries hit those both on fixed contracts and in the informal sector
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen (L) and European Council President Charles Michel bump elbows after a news conference following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
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EU’s virus recovery plan: historic but imperfect

The 750-billion-euro coronavirus recovery deal struck by EU leaders may be a historic landmark, but analysts are already warning it comes with substantial flaws
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrives for the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020, held to discuss the next long-term budget of the European Union (EU). (Photo by Ludovic Marin / various sources / AFP)
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsota […]

Coronavirus praise as Greek PM completes first year in office

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been praised for his government's response to COVID-19 but tackling the economic impact of the lockdown will be the true test of his leadership, analysts say