German chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference after a cabinet meeting in Berlin, on Monday. Photograph: Henning Schacht/EPA

Strict lockdowns have returned across Europe as Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece and Portugal were among the latest to impose tough restricti(...)

World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

The director-general of the World Health Organisation has said he is isolating after being identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for (...)

Cars at a Border crossing. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

I passed a shop the other day that I assumed was closed under Level 5, since it’s not somewhere you would go to buy milk, fuel or medicine. Darth Vade(...)

Educators face unprecedented challenges that are being exacerbated by coronavirus. Photograph: iStock

Teachers have never been more respected: responding to Covid-19, helping children and young people through lockdown and reopening schools have shown t(...)

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and French prime minister Jean Castex  meet members of Civil Protection who organized the Covid-19 test centre at the 4th district City Hall in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

Health authorities have warned that hospitals are at risk of being overrun across Europe as countries see record rises in coronavirus infections and i(...)

David Whelan, chief executive, and Sandra Whelan, chief operating officer of VR Education. Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Waterford-based virtual reality company VR Education’s platform will be used to host a major United Nations event, the latest major event to turn to t(...)

Gardaí passing a closed pub in Temple Bar, Dublin. File photograph: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

And now for the tricky bit. After months of national solidarity during an abrupt but clearly defined lockdown, followed by a summer lull when transm(...)

A doctor checks the breathing of a patient in the intensive care unit dedicated to Covid-19 at the Ineram Hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Photograph: Jorge Saenz/ AP Photo

The world should be able to rein in the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years, the World Health Organisation has said, as South Korea reported t(...)

In the first phase, vaccines will be allocated proportionally to all participating countries to cover up to 20 per cent of their population in order to vaccinate ‘most of the at-risk groups’, said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  Photograph: iStock

The World Health Organisation has urged wealthier member states to join its Covid-19 vaccine facility by the end of the month, amid fears it may not r(...)

Passengers bound for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia line up for temperature check before entering the Manila International Airport in the Philippines. Photograph: Mark R Cristino/EPA

Australia’s second most populous state will close retail shops, limit construction projects and curtail manufacturing around the city of Melbourne in (...)

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