# Spain

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 healthcare worker attends to a coronavirus patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the Principe de Asturias hospital in Alcala de Henares near Madrid on April 22, 2020. - Spain said another 435 people died in the past 24 hours, a slight increase in the figures for a second day running and bringing the overall death toll to 21,717. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)
A healthcare worker attends to a coronav […]

Why has Spain been hit so hard by the coronavirus pandemic?

Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic and experts say lifestyle and close ties between young and older family members as significant factors in the virus's spread
Undertakers of the Pueyo Company, wearing protective masks, leave the Chateauneuf-les-Martigues cemetery's burial chamber, southern France, with the coffin of an 86-year-old Muslim man before placing it in a temporary vault, on April 3, 2020 after his repatriation to Algeria was rendered impossible due to the lack of flights following the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). - The man who has no known relatives in France, was found dead in his appartment. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)
Undertakers of the Pueyo Company, wearin […]

100,000 deaths as coronavirus pandemic continues to rage

More than 100,000 people across the globe have died from the novel coronavirus since it emerged in China last December, according to an AFP tally based on official sources
A medical professional wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 carries a tank as a patient is taken from an ambulance into St Thomas' Hospital in north London, on April 1, 2020. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
A medical professional wearing personal […]

Lives behind grim coronavirus numbers

As the coronavirus death toll spirals in country after country, the sheer scale of the pandemic sweeping the globe can sometimes obscure individual tragedies
A 3D printer makes pieces for face shields destined for sanitary use at the BCN3D 3D Printer Farm in the Mediterranean Technology Park (PMT) in Castelldefels on March 30, 2020. - An army of 3D printers buzzes endlessly at the Spanish company BCN3D. Like dozens of other European companies, they have abandoned their regular production of 3D printers to supply face shields to hospitals waging war on the coronavirus. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)
A 3D printer makes pieces for face shiel […]

European industry retools to fight coronavirus

Across Europe, 3D printers, auto manufacturers and garment factories have rapidly switched production to help in the fight against COVID-19
Doctor Jole Serra (L) and nurse Salvatore Sacco of the Carabinieri police provide phone support to COVID-19 patients from the office of ATS Bergamo in Zogno near Bergamo, northern Italy on March 27, 2020. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP 
Doctor Jole Serra (L) and nurse Salvator […]

‘Corona criminals’ prey on Europe’s virus fears

From trafficking dodgy surgical masks to peddling counterfeit medicines, criminals are finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, police warn