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Picnickers in the Soderlmalm district of Stockholm, Sweden on April 23rd 2020. Photogrpah: Andres Kudacki/The New York Times

Sweden had been the unlikely poster boy for a laissez-faire approach to the pandemic, the champion of leaving it to its civic minded citizens to demon(...)

Members of the Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) prepare to take food parcels to residents in a locked down public housing estate in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP via Getty

Melbourne began a six-week lockdown on Thursday following a spike in new coronavirus cases, as states around the country tightened internal borders to(...)

Civil Guard officers at a checkpoint in Galcia after regional authorities introduced movement restrictions in the A Mariña coastal area in response to a rise in coronavirus cases. Photograph: Eliseo Trigo/EPA

Authorities in Spain sought to provide reassurances over the spread of Covid-19 after the reimposition of restrictions at opposite sides of the countr(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: ‘Social distancing was not being complied with at all during a number of the inspections (of pubs and restaurants)’.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

People who go to pubs and fail to keep social distancing, as witnessed in some parts of Dublin over the weekend, could force the Government to delay t(...)

Police officers stop a vehicle at a checkpoint in the Segrià region of Catalonia, northeastern Spain on Saturday. Photograph: Ramon Gabriel/EPA

Spain has ringfenced more than 70,000 people in Galicia in the second local lockdown ordered in as many days, as one of Europe’s worst-affected countr(...)

 Passengers at Dublin Airport prepare for their trips. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Another person diagnosed with Covid-19 has died, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) reported on Saturday. This brings to 1,741 the to(...)

Barcelona manager Quique Setien talks to his team in a break during their draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in Catalonia. Photograph: Getty Images

Leo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s anthem began echoing around a stadium as vacant as the look in the(...)

‘Stick to sport”. With that infantilising dismissal, sports fans, politicians and above all the clubs that employ them have long discouraged elite ath(...)

When news of Terence MacSwiney’s death after 74 days on hunger strike at Brixton Prison reached Spain in October, 1920, the people of Catalonia went i(...)

Residents walk along Paseo Maritimo promenade in Barcelona, Spain, May 3rd, 2020. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

Spain’s death toll from coronavirus rose by 164 to 25,264 on Sunday, health ministry data showed, marking the lowest one-day increase since March 18th(...)

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