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Thousands of Spanish flags, representing the Spanish victims of COVID-19, are pictured on Patacona beach in Valencia, on October 4, 2020. - Spain has so far claimed more than 32,000 lives and 790,000 infected in the highest infection rate in the European Union. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP)
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Spain hopes to create 800,000 jobs with economic rescue plan

Spain's government has unveiled an EU-funded recovery plan aimed at creating over 800,000 new jobs and yanking the country out of its worst economic slump in decades
(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
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2020 Cemetery workers wearing protective gear bury an unclaimed COVID-19 coronavirus victim, at the Municipal cemetery No. 13 in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)
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Coronavirus and other deadly epidemics

The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic will soon pass the one million mark. It has proved deadlier than other modern viruses but the toll is still far behind the Spanish flu a century ago
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2020 people dance and attend a rave party, on an agricultural land in Causse Mejean, in the heart of the Cevennes National Park, southern France, despite the limitation of gatherings linked to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. - The summer has been marked by hundreds of 'free parties' in France, in spite of the COVID-19 outbreak, AFP reports on August 23, 2020. (Photo by Pascal GUYOT / AFP)
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The party goes on for French ravers, despite pandemic and police

Summer time is rave time in France but this year battle lines have been drawn between authorities alarmed at the risk of coronavirus and serious party-goers determined to dance on
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