‘In the 21st century, there have been eight epidemic or pandemic viruses,’ says coronavirus researcher Prof Ralph Baric. ‘I don’t know if people are paying attention.’ Photograph: Getty Images/Science Photo Libra

Coronaviruses are a byword for inconvenience; illness, disruption and death. Almost always in a contemporary setting we mean the pandemic virus that c(...)

 A customer disinfects a shopping basket in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Infections have surged in the Netherlands this month, with a new record of 2,245 infections detected in 24 hours this week in the country of 17 million. Photograph: Evert Elzinga/EPA

Across Europe, governments are tightening pandemic restrictions in response to a steep rise in infections this month, with expectations that more dras(...)

Public health workers wearing protective gear test members of a church in Gwangju, South Korea. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

South Korea on Tuesday ordered most schools in Seoul and surrounding areas to close and move classes back online, the latest in a series of precaution(...)

Dutch chief epidemiologist Jaap van Dissel. Photograph: Bart Maat/ANP/AFP via Getty

New daily coronavirus infections in the Netherlands are back to roughly half their level at the peak of the pandemic, while France’s prime minister ha(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, his deputy   Dr Ronan Glynn (right) and chief clinical officer  Dr Colm Henry (second left) and Dr Cillian De Gascun (left) at a Covid-19 press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

How is Ireland doing in the fight to slow the spread of Covid-19? After more than two weeks of lockdown with wide ranging restrictions limiting comme(...)

Prof Marc Van Ranst said the pandemic was exposing weaknesses in national healthcare systems.

The Covid-19 virus is “incredibly aggressive and spectacularly contagious”, according to leading coronavirus scientists. Virus numbers are three tim(...)