Andrea Mulcahy gazes into her backyard outside her home in Ocala, Florida. Her  husband, Tim, who believed that he contracted the coronavirus from a co-worker, died in July  at the age of 52. Photograph: Zack Wittman/New York Times

A nation numbed by misery and loss is confronting a number that still has the power to shock: 500,000. Roughly one year since the first known death by(...)

Double-masking: Joe Biden has often worn two masks; multiple layers help block coronavirus particles from exiting and entering the airway. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

As coronavirus cases continue to surge around the world, some prominent people – including the new US president, Joe Biden – have begun to double up o(...)

Shoppers wearing protective masks crowd Ameyoko Street in Tokyo, Japan, on December 28th. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Most of the global crises of the last century or so were at least instructive. The first World War discredited empires in favour of national self-dete(...)

Patrons  being screened at the Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, New Hampshire. Photograph: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/The New York Times

The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States is surging once again after growth slowed in late summer. While the geography of the pandemic(...)

Employees of a cafe in Amsterdam watch a press conference by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday evening about new coronavirus restrictions. Photograph: Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

With the most recent measures aimed at combating a second wave of Covid-19 showing no sign of working, the Netherlands has returned to “partial lockdo(...)

The US says the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency has used social media to spread disinformation about US elections. Photographs: Nicolas Asfouri and Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

After the FBI tipped off Facebook that the obscure leftwing website Peace Data was a clandestine front for Russia this week, the site’s anonymous admi(...)

 Indian health workers take swab samples of employees of Assam Legislative Assembly for coronavirus Covid-19 Rapid Antigen detection in Guwahati, Assam, India on Saturday. Photograph:  EPA/STR

More than 25 million cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide with more than 842,700 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins (...)

The study suggested 6 per cent of England’s population had already been infected with Covid-19 by July 13th – far more than thought. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Some 3.4 million people in England have been infected with Covid-19, a figure far higher than previous estimates, a study suggests. The results come (...)

Shoppers wait in a long queue outside a shop in Melbourne on August 2nd, 2020 as people queue for provisions. Photograph: WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images

Mexico has recorded more than 9,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time, as the country overtook the UK with the world’s third-highest number o(...)

President Robert Silva greets a student during a break at the “Japon” public school number 72 during the first day of the final phase of the gradual process to reopen schools, in Montevideo on Sunday. Photograph:  Ernesto Ryan/Getty Images

After attending a high society wedding earlier this year with more than 500 members of Uruguay’s elite, a well-known interior designer – just returned(...)

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