Fernando Simon

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A nearly empty street on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain, where the traditional San Fermin festival – or running of the bulls – has  been cancelled because of the pandemic for the second year in a row. Photograph: Jesus Diges/EPA

The Delta variant of Covid-19 and a surge in infections among younger, unvaccinated people have catapulted Spain’s coronavirus rate to the highest in (...)

Ambulances parked outside the St Thomas’ Hospital emergency department in London on December 28th as patient demand for the service surpasses the first wave of the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images.

The UK government will draft in the armed forces to help with coronavirus testing in schools as pressure builds on prime minister Boris Johnson to del(...)

A demonstrator wearing a face mask with images of Argentine late president Juan Domingo Peron and his wife Eva Duarte. Argentina now has more than a millions cases of coronavirus: Photograph: Alejandro Pagni/AFP

Argentina health officials say the nation has officially surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases, becoming the fifth country to do so. Across Latin Ame(...)

 Children at the GuthsMuths elementary school in Berlin: hundreds of students and teachers in the city have had to quarantine due to infection rates.  Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty

Coronavirus cases have been reported by at least 41 schools in Berlin, barely two weeks after the German capital’s 825 schools reopened. Cases are ri(...)

Atletico Madrid  players train on Tuesday at the  club’s  complex in Majadahonda. Photograph: EPA

Spain’s health ministry is weighing up whether to let fans back into stadiums when the La Liga season restarts later in June after a three-month paus(...)

 People enjoy a warm day at the beach in Melilla   after Spain’s government reopened mostly all   beaches on Monday. Photograph: FG Guerrero/EPA

Swimmers and sunbathers turned out in droves on Monday as Spain reopened nearly all its beaches as part of government steps to revive a devastated tou(...)

Patrol cars of local police  are seen in Ronda, southern Spain. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Spain’s government is planning to ease lockdown restrictions for children, as the country’s daily death toll from coronavirus dropped below 400 to its(...)

A customer  in a  book store  after the Austrian government loosened its lockdown restrictions. Photograph: Reuters

Governments across Europe are examining how to ease out of lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus while minimising the risks of new outbr(...)

A sign that reads in Spanish: ‘Thank you #IstayAtHome’ hangs on the facade of the Madrid city hall.  Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP

The Spanish government sought on Sunday to extend until April 11th a state of emergency that it has imposed to try to control Europe’s second-worst ou(...)

Two neighbours chat from their balconies  in Madrid on Thursday as Spain faces its fifth day of lockdown to contain the spreading Covid-19 outbreak. Photograph: Mariscal/EPA

On March 7th, Fernando Simón, Spain’s head of medical emergencies, was asked whether it was advisable for people to take part in the following day’s I(...)

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