Ireland’s official Covid tracker app. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The practice of contact tracing was pioneered by Asian countries before being adopted in Europe. It has been particularly effective in Japan and South(...)

Migrants protest against a new camp at Kara Tepe on Lesbos island, Greece, on Friday. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Four hundred children left without shelter after a fire at a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos will be relocated across 10 countries in the E(...)

Forensics at work in an apartment building in Solingen, Germany, where five bodies were reportedly found on Thursday. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

German police suspect that five children found dead in their home in western Germany were killed by their mother. The 27-year-old mother of six – thr(...)

An O’Brien Fine Foods employee at the processing facility in Timahoe, Co Kildare. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

It was 6am on Monday July 27th when ‘A’, the man who would become the third confirmed Covid-positive case at O’Brien Fine Foods in Timahoe, Co Kildare(...)

 Angelina Bojahr (C) wears a  mask during an enrolment ceremony in the Lankow elementary school in Schwerin, Germany, last week. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Germany begins its greatest ever public health experiment on Monday, as 3.5 million children in four federal states, Berlin, Brandenburg, Schleswig-Ho(...)

People wait in a line approximately 1km long to be tested for Covid-19 infection at the Carl Miele vocational school following a Covid-19 outbreak at the nearby Toennies meat packaging centre on Wednesday in Guetersloh, Germany. Photograph: Getty Images

German health minister Jens Spahn on Wednesday stressed that the coronavirus remains a risk after the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the alternatives to forming a government if the programme for government is rejected were not appealing. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Vardkar said the country “needs a majority government” as it faces into what could be a very difficult recession due to the coronavirus (...)

A barricade blocks access to a street next to apartment buildings fenced off and under quarantine that house mostly employees of the nearby Tönnies meat packing plant in the town of Verl. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Two months after Germany announced looser Covid-19 rules, an outbreak in a meat processing plant has triggered a return to lockdown in the western sta(...)

Brazil had the highest number of new cases with 54,771 infections, a record for a new daily total for any country, followed by the United States with 36,617 new cases. Above, people wearing protective masks walk past partially opened businesses in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the weekend. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

The World Health Organisation has reported the largest single-day increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections, recording 183,020 new ca(...)

Borussia Mönchegladbach supporters have paid for cardboard cut-out portraits to be placed in the  Borussia Park football stadium as the Bundesliga returns behind closed doors. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

So what’s the state of play in the Bundesliga? Bayern Munich are four points clear of Borussia Dortmund and five ahead of RB Leipzig with nine rounds(...)

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