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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
A man wearing a face mask works in a fru […]

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
A closed beach remains empty in Arona, one of the most touristic municipalities in Tenerife on the Canary Islands, on April 13, 2020 amid a national lockdown to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has slowed in some of the worst-hit countries, with Spain readying to reopen parts of its economy as governments grapple with a once-in-a-century recession. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)
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Sun, sand and social distancing: Spain seeks tourism revival

The coronavirus crisis has dealt a devastating blow to Spain's tourism industry and forced it to look for creative ways to lure back tourists in the post-pandemic era
Romanian harvest workers heading to the UK queue to enter the "Henry Coanda" airport in Bucharest April 30, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu / AFP
Romanian harvest workers heading to the […]

Romania’s seasonal workers sidestep lockdown out of necessity

Romanian workers are in high demand as farms and home care firms in western Europe clamour for help from the east, even with borders closed because of the coronavirus pandemic
Municipal employees put masks in envelopes to send the town's residents in Lincent, eastern Belgium, on April 28, 2020, during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
Municipal employees put masks in envelop […]

Resourceful Belgians team up to supply virus masks

Belgium has promised every resident a protective mask from next week, when the country begins to lift its coronavirus lockdown, and mayors like Yves Kinnard are taking matters into their own hands
In this handout photo made available by La Moncloa (Spanish Government Presidence) on April 28, 2020, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez holds a press conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid. - Spain will transition out of its strict virus lockdown in four phases through the end of June, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. Since March 14, Spain has enforced one of the world's strictest lockdowns in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus epidemic that has so far claimed nearly 24,000 lives in the country. (Photo by Borja Puig de la Bellacasa / LA MONCLOA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LA MONCLOA / BORJA PUIG DE LA BELLACASA" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Spain’s four-phase plan for easing lockdown

How will Spain end its coronavirus lockdown? Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says the restrictions will be gradually eased in a four-step procedure which should be completed by the end of June
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 near-deserted Regent Street in London pictured on April 13, 2020 during the nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Glyn Kirk / AFP
A near-deserted Regent Street in London […]

Exit lockdowns with caution to avoid being confined again: experts

As several countries prepare to ease sweeping restrictions in place to slow the coronavirus pandemic, experts say the openings should be enacted with caution to avoid a fresh wave of infection