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Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain have been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa in recent months – but only in poultry. File photograph: Jens Buettner/EPA

Russia has registered the world’s first case of human infection with a strain of bird flu named A(H5N8). The matter has been reported to the World He(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: ‘In general, the situation in the country is not easy but it’s under control. In some regions the situation is, quite frankly, difficult.’ Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/AP

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian officials to address issues ranging from a shortage of ambulances to funding for medicines to hospital ph(...)

A dessert in the shape of the Covid-19 virus in a cafe in Prague. Photograph: Michal Cizek / AFP via Getty

Czech primary schools, pubs and restaurants will close from Wednesday as part of emergency measures introduced by an embattled government that says it(...)

Pianist Bella Kartasheva performs on her balcony during a partial lockdown in Moscow. Photograph: Reuters/ Tatyana Makeyeva

Russia’s coronavirus outbreak is likely to be far larger than government data suggest, Moscow’s mayor has warned, as a surge in confirmed cases makes (...)