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A police car stops trucks waiting at the Giurgiu-Ruse border point between Romania and Bulgaria next to Giurgiu city March 25, 2020. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu / AFP
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Danger, delays haunt truck drivers facing virus lockdown

"We're the only ones allowed to travel across Europe," says Florin Turcu, one of hundreds of truck drivers stuck at the Romania-Bulgaria border as pandemic restrictions mount
A man touches the coffin of his mother during a funeral service in the closed cemetery of Seriate, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP)
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Rapid virus spread pushes cases past half a million

The coronavirus pandemic has now infected 500,000 people, ravaged the global economy and confined billions to their homes
A patient under respiratory assistance is escorted to the Strasbourg University Hospital by members of the medical staff of the SAMU-SMUR emergency services who wear protective suits and facemasks, in Strasbourg, on March 16, 2020 during a COVID-19 outbreak hitting Europe. - French president will speak on television at 8:00 (Paris time) on March 16, 2020 to announce new measures to fight the growing coronavirus epidemic, said the Elysee. The balance sheet of the epidemic climbed to 127 dead and 5,423 confirmed cases in France. (Photo by Patrick HERTZOG / AFP)
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COVID-19: How many people could die?

The coronavirus could kill millions unless widespread and prolonged social distancing measures are adopted, health experts say
Pallbearers pull the coffin of a deceased person for a funeral ceremony into the cemetery of Grassobbio, Lombardy, on March 23, 2020, in the absence of quarantined relatives. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP)
Pallbearers pull the coffin of a decease […]

Anguish as Europe learns to cope with new way of death

Across Europe, grieving families are having to cope with the additional trauma of draconian restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus
EU Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen give a joint press after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 9, 2020. Photo: John Thys / AFP
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Europe’s leaders furious over Trump’s unilateral travel ban

European officials reacted with surprise and anger after US President Trump imposed a trans-Atlantic travel ban they fear will hurt economies already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic
An Italian soldier wearing a protective mask checks transit to and from a restricted area at a check-point near the small town of Castiglione d'Adda, southeast of Milan, on February 27, 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
An Italian soldier wearing a protective […]

Coronavirus: Europe readies plans for worst-case scenario

From calling in the army to requisitioning hospital beds, European nations are drawing up emergency plans should the coronavirus outbreak reach pandemic proportions