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France cracks down on movement as coronavirus toll mounts

Paris - A man has been jailed in France for repeatedly violating strict anti-coronavirus lockdown rules, which have seen 359,000 fines issued countrywide as the outbreak death toll continues to mount, authorities said Wednesday.

Masquerade or needed aid? China virus help proves contentious

Paris - China has stepped in to help the West tackle the coronavirus crisis after managing to quell its own outbreak. But critics view the aid, though indispensible, as part of a cynical ploy to project Chinese influence.

Race for vaccine tests limits of drug innovation

Paris - From medical workers struggling to care for the rising tide of COVID-19 patients to the billions of people told to stay home to slow the pandemic, everyone is waiting for one thing: a vaccine.

Study shows middle-age COVID-19 mortality risk

Paris - Middle-aged people, and not just the elderly, have a dramatically higher risk of dying or developing serious illness from COVID-19, new research from Britain showed Tuesday.

French brotherhood braves pandemic to bury the destitute

B - A ringing bell breaks the silence of the cemetery as five members of the Charitable Brotherhood of Saint Eloi in Bethune solemnly remove their two-pointed hats. All are wearing black capes, white gloves and, of course, face masks.

A Paris mortuary overwhelmed by coronavirus victims

Paris - In normal times, this mortuary in a northwestern corner of Paris receives two or three corpses per day. But the mounting coronavirus death toll has seen it run out of cold chambers, meaning that caskets are piling up in the visitation rooms.

Global lockdown tightens as virus deaths mount

Paris - Harsh lockdowns aimed at halting the march of the coronavirus pandemic extended worldwide Monday as the death toll soared past 37,600 amid new waves of US outbreaks.

France steps up coronavirus evacuations from packed hospitals

Nancy - France staged its largest evacuation of coronavirus patients to date from hospitals in the hard-hit east on Sunday, increasing efforts to free up intensive care units as officials warned of an influx of serious cases in the coming days.

France steps up coronavirus evacuations from packed hospitals

Nancy - France on Sunday staged its largest evacuation of coronavirus patients to date from hospitals in the hard-hit east, increasing efforts to free up intensive care units as officials warned of an influx of serious cases in the coming days.

Op-Ed: Johns Hopkins stats show local anomalies in COVID-19 death rates

Baltimore - If there was ever a thankless, tough, task for epidemiology, tracking a global pandemic in near real-time would be it. Johns Hopkins has been doing so continuously, but some numbers look a bit strange.

16-year-old among virus dead in France's highest daily toll

Paris - The mother of France's youngest coronavirus victim has spoken of the "unbearable" loss of her 16-year-old daughter, as the country reported its highest daily toll from the pandemic.

'A stranger stroked my horse' — French police inundated with oddball virus queries

Lyon - "Can my husband spend the weekend with his mistress?" "A stranger stroked my horse, could he have infected it?" France's police emergency number has been inundated with queries, some downright odd, since the country went into coronavirus lockdown.

French military to join virus fight in France as toll grows

Paris - The French military will support public services strained by the coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron has said, as the country's death toll topped 1,300.

French court releases Malian singer despite backing extradition

Paris - A Paris appeals court on Wednesday granted Malian musician Rokia Traore conditional release despite ruling she could be extradited to Belgium over a child custody dispute -- a decision her lawyer vowed to contest.

Celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Paris - Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has joined the growing list of world celebrities who have been hit by the novel coronavirus.Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg also said Tuesday it was "extremely likely" that she had contracted it.

Virus lockdown makes big dent in Paris air pollution: report

Paris - France's stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus outbreak have produced a 20 to 30 percent decline in overall air pollution levels in Paris, according to a report from the region's air quality monitoring agency.

France sets up military field hospital to relieve virus-hit east

Mulhouse - A military field hospital set up by the French army began operations on Tuesday seeking to take the pressure off intensive care units in an eastern region badly hit by the coronavirus.

Tough combined measures key in virus fight: study

Paris - Quarantining infected people, workplace distancing and school closures are most effective in combatting the spread of the new coronavirus when implemented together, according to new research released Tuesday looking at Singapore's response to the kille...

Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

Paris - Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus, his representatives have confirmed.

First French hospital doctor dies of coronavirus

Paris - A French doctor caring for coronavirus patients has died of the illness, authorities said Sunday, the first such death in the country that is grappling with the mushrooming outbreak.
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