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A sign reading ‘Face masks mandatory inside the pedestrian zone’ in Delmenhorst, northern Germany, a town which has become a recent Covid-19 hotspot. Photograph: Focke Strangmann/EPA.

Germany and Italy reported another record gain in coronavirus infections, as France and Spain became the first countries in Western Europe to pass one(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron at the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  EPA/Yves Herman/EPA

Several countries in Europe reported record numbers of daily cases of coronavirus as the continent struggles to contain the virus spread. Germany’s d(...)

A nurse checks a woman’s temperature before a Covid-19 test at a military hospital in the town of El-Hamma, in Tunisia’s southwestern Gabes governorate on on Wednesday, as cases of novel coronavirus infections surge there. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty

Covid-19 cases surpassed 24 million worldwide with India seeing a record spike and South Korea, Italy and France reporting the most new daily infectio(...)

Health authorities perform random tests for Covid-19 on passengers arriving by ship from Italy in recent days in Corfu, Greece. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Getty

More than 20.42 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 744,649 have died, according to Johns Hopkins U(...)

People on  Montredon beach during hot weather in Marseille, southern France, earlier this week. Photograph: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP/Getty

A resurgence in coronavirus cases across Europe is triggering tightened restrictions from Spain to Romania as authorities battle to get the spread of (...)

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(...)

Germany’s minister for health Jens Spahn:  ‘When you’re putting out fires, you can’t talk about reforming the fire brigade.’ Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/AFP via Getty Images

Germany’s health minister has urged the US to stay in the World Health Organization, while acknowledging that the UN body was too dependent on some of(...)

 Several ambulances are parked outside a hotel placed in quarantine due to  coronavirus in the town of Adeje, on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain, on Wednesday.  At least four guests tested positive for the virus. Photograph: Cristobal Garcia/EPA

Public health authorities are planning for a massive increase in the number of people being tested for coronavirus, Minister for Health Simon Harris h(...)

Passengers wear protective face masks as they arrive from Shenzhen to Hong Kong at Lo Wu MTR station, hours before the closing of the Lo Wu border crossing in Hong Kong, on Monday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 425 as of the end of Monday, up by 64 from the previous day, the country’s National Heal(...)

 Germany has active parent groups who oppose vaccination, citing concerns over a link to autism in a 1998 medical study, since withdrawn. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s federal minister for health is examining whether to exclude from state schools and kindergartens all children not vaccinated against measles(...)

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