People wearing masks in a metro station in Moscow. Russia confirmed a new record of daily Covid-19 cases (20,582) on Friday. Photograph: Getty

The Kremlin has described the spread of coronavirus in Russia as “alarming”. The bulletin comes as the country reported a record rise in infections w(...)

A zookeeper feeding penguins at a closed zoo in Prague. The Czech government has shut zoos and indoor sports venues for two weeks to slow the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Getty Images

The Czech Republic is introducing new restrictions and Slovakia is mobilising troops to help fight the spread of coronavirus as alarm grows across cen(...)

Brussels minister president Rudi Vervoort: “We decided that bars, cafes but also tea rooms will have to close their doors and remain closed,” said . “One in seven people tested in Brussels returns a positive result, the virus is everywhere in the region.” Photograph: Thierry Roge/Getty Images

A powerful second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has closed bars and cafes in Europe’s capitals as authorities grapple with how to contain the sprea(...)

Medical workers tend to a patient infected with Covid-19 at the intensive care unit of the Lariboisiere Hospital of the Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris. File photogaph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Bars in Paris have been ordered to close for two weeks, Madrid residents may no longer leave their city as governments struggle to contain a Europe-wi(...)

Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on Tuesday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

The officials from a secretive Russian security force seemed to know exactly what they wanted when they reached out to Olga Izranova’s company last sp(...)

  People wearing   face masks walk on the Red Square in Moscow. The city   reported 1,560 new coronavirus cases on Friday and Russia registered 7,212 new infections – the highest such daily figures in three months. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Moscow’s mayor has urged its older residents not to leave home and called on firms to allow staff to work remotely, in a bid to blunt a sharp rise in (...)

 Russian military servicemen prior a rehearsal for  the Victory Day parade in St Petersburg. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev

Last week, Crimean governor Sergei Aksyonov said he would cancel the annual parade in the city of Simferopol to celebrate the Soviet victory in the se(...)

A gift shop worker sets up cardboard cutouts of  US president Donald Trump  and Chinese president Xi Jinping on the street after reopening a shop in Moscow, Russia. Moscow authorities are easing coronavirus restrictions. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

The Kremlin has denied that Moscow was too hasty in lifting its coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday, amid accusations that the move is linked to Russian p(...)

A  worker  disinfects an area in Moscow near an installation  “Hero city Moscow” dedicated to the 75th anniversary of  victory over Nazi Germany. Photograph:  Getty Images

Russians are being urged to mark their Victory Day national holiday at home on Saturday after the coronavirus pandemic forced the Kremlin to postpone (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting  via a video link in Moscow on  April 29th. Photograph: Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters

The May 9th military parade was to have been an event of pure pomp and spectacle: a moment for Vladimir Putin to stand in the centre of Moscow’s Red S(...)

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