A damaged face mask is placed on a statue at the Prater amusement park in Vienna, Austria, on Sunday. Photograph: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

Austria has entered a nationwide lockdown to combat soaring coronavirus cases. The measures require people to stay home apart from basic reasons like(...)

A festive Viennese scene in Austria, which has begun a lockdown for the unvaccinated. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP

Image of the week: Oh, Vienna This image of the annual Christmas market outside Vienna’s city hall is festive all round: the arch of lights, the Froh(...)

 A doctor tends to a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at University Hospital Leipzig on November 18th in Leipzig, Germany. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

The first known Covid-19 case was a market vendor in the Chinese city of Wuhan, not an accountant who appeared to have no link to the market but whose(...)

Police officers check the vaccination status of visitors during at a Christmas market in Vienna on Friday. Photograph: Lisa Leutner/AP

Vienna is bracing itself for massive demonstrations on Saturday against a 20-day national lockdown, imposed from next Monday in a bid to break a runaw(...)

A demonstrator holds a placard reading ‘No to compulsory vaccination’ during an anti-vaccination protest at the Ballhausplatz in Vienna, Austria after the government imposed a lockdown for unvaccinated people. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP

Austria has imposed a lockdown for an estimated two million people not yet vaccinated against Covid-19 amid a surge in infections to record levels. W(...)

People visit the newly opened “Christkindlmarkt” Vienna’s classic Christmas Market on Saturday. Austrian chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said he wanted to introduce a nationwide lockdown for those not vaccinated or recovered from coronavirus. Photograph: Getty Images

Austria is preparing to implement lockdown measures for unvaccinated people as coronavirus cases spike to record levels. The plan is expected to be ap(...)

Tourists wearing face masks walk on Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic on November 5th. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Europe has become the epicentre of the pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns in the run-up to Christm(...)

A healthcare staff member at Maastricht hospital. The new wave of infections in the Netherlands has put pressure on hospitals, forcing them to scale back regular care. Photograph: Sem van der Wal/ANP/AFP via Getty

A return to record levels of coronavirus infection and a blizzard of warnings that hospitals are facing “gridlock” has forced the Dutch caretaker go(...)

Doctors attend a patient in the Covid-19 section at an emergency hospital in Bucharest. In Romania, an EU country of about 19 million, only 36% of adults are fully inoculated. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

Hospitals are struggling to cope as Covid-19 sweeps through large unvaccinated populations in central and eastern Europe, where low levels of trust im(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel on the second day of a European Union leaders’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/EPA

The European Union will not fund border walls to control migration, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen vowed after a group of member s(...)

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