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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
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
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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
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
Children prepare to enter their classroom at the Saint Germain de Charonne school in Paris on May 14, 2020 as primary schools in France re-open this week and the country eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
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How does the virus affect children? And should they be in school?

With parents and policymakers agonising over when to reopen schools as lockdowns ease, scientists are still struggling to find out how the new coronavirus affects children
Primary school students arrive at school in The Hague, on May 11, 2020, as primaries, playgroups and childcare reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Sem van der Waal / ANP / AFP
Primary school students arrive at school […]

Cheers and tears as Europe’s kids go back to school

Excited children greeted their friends and weary parents got used to early starts again as schools in several European countries reopened after a nearly two-month coronavirus break
Israeli pupils attend a class at the Sadot Elementary School in the town of Pardes Hanna-Karkur in central Israel on May 3, 2020 as the country eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP
Israeli pupils attend a class at the Sad […]

Back to school? Officials move warily as challenges loom

Authorities worldwide face the challenge of returning millions of children to schools shut due to the coronavirus, weighing the need to limit educational damage against the risk of a surge in cases
Funeral Directors James Collier and David Bell wearing mask and gloves transport the coffin of care worker Janet Livingston, 60, who died of COVID-19, at Emslie S. Collier and Son Funeral Directors in Montrose, east Scotland on May 4, 2020, to be loaded into the hearse and driven to the crematorium for the funeral service. - Janet Livingston, a 60-year-old care worker, fell ill nearly three weeks ago after she returned home from a shift at a care home where three people had been infected with COVID-19. Despite initially testing negative for the virus she developed a high fever of 39 degrees and difficulty breathing. She died of COVID-19 in hospital with her 25-year-old son Jamie at her side. Jamie then had to go directly home to self-isolate for two weeks at his home in the coastal village called Ferryden in east Scotland, emerging to attend Janet's funeral on May 4, 2020. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) / AFP PHOTO ESSAY BY ANDY BUCHANAN
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‘Slow response’: how Britain became worst-hit in Europe by virus

Britain now has the world's second-highest cumulative coronavirus death toll, behind only the United States, after updated official figures showed it had surpassed Italy
A man wearing a face mask works in a fruit and vegetable shop in Puente de Vallecas, one of the poorest districts in Madrid, on April 20, 2020 during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP
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Europe’s fresh food prices in flux as virus impact bites

Food growers across Europe are grappling with the ripple effects of coronavirus lockdowns that have snarled supply chains and upended demand, with many shoppers feeling the squeeze