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Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell during a digital news conference. Photograph: Henrik Montgomery/EPA

Swedish Covid-19 cases continued to rise on Tuesday as many welcomed the toughest measures yet imposed to curb the spread of the disease that has clai(...)

 A patient undergoes a swab test for Covid-19 carried out by Basque Country Health Services,  in Ordizia, Basque Country, Spain, on Wednesday. Photograph: Gorka Estrada/EPA

Spain became the first western European country to exceed 1 million coronavirus infections on Wednesday, doubling its tally in just six weeks despite (...)

A nurse checks a woman’s temperature before a Covid-19 test at a military hospital in the town of El-Hamma, in Tunisia’s southwestern Gabes governorate on on Wednesday, as cases of novel coronavirus infections surge there. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty

Covid-19 cases surpassed 24 million worldwide with India seeing a record spike and South Korea, Italy and France reporting the most new daily infectio(...)

A queue for  swab tests for coronavirus  at the Padre Pio hospital in Bracciano, near Rome. Italy reported 845 cases in the last 24 hours.  Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Italy reported 845 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday, marking the highest daily increase since May(...)

 Health workers perform swab tests at the San Giovanni hospital in Rome, Italy. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

It took a weekend to take Italy back three months in its struggle against the pandemic. Last week’s rapid increase in coronavirus infections risks era(...)

A visitor at the German Historical Museum  stands in front of a painting by  Anton von Werner. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images

More than 20.98 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally, and at least 759,053 have died from the(...)

“Foreign travel is the ultimate disease vector. Without it, there would be no pandemic.” Photograph: Mariscal/EPA

No one has really defined what constitutes a second wave of the coronavirus. Are the renewed outbreaks in Spain and Australia round two of the pandemi(...)

The Locri  hospital in southern Italy, where patients are often sent elsewhere for lack of doctors, the elevators are endlessly in disrepair and the CT scan works one day, but not the next. Infiltration by the mafia, major doctor shortages, and a regional health agency hundreds of millions of euro in debt were some of the challenges the hospital confronted in 2019 – before coronavirus. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

The body of his son was barely cold when the ­grieving father was threatened by men from the funeral company. Inside the mortuary of an austere hospit(...)

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(...)

Shoppers queue to enter a re-opened Zara store on Dublin’s Grafton Street in central Dublin, Ireland on June 8th. File photo: Paul Faith/Getty

Doctors at Cork University Hospital have identified a case of Covid-19 in February that appears to predate the first known Irish case. They say the c(...)

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