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Dinner off as Italy closes restaurants early in virus crackdown

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tightened nationwide coronavirus restrictions Sunday after the country registered a record number of new cases, despite opposition from regional heads and street protests.

Spain declares virus emergency as global cases soar

Madrid - Spain declared a national state of emergency Sunday to tackle a second coronavirus wave as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a third straight day of record new infections around the world.

Far-right protesters clash with Rome police over virus curfew

Rome - Dozens of far-right protesters in Rome clashed with riot police during a demonstration against the curfew early Sunday, as Italy's government prepared to tighten coronavirus restrictions further.

Colombia surpasses one million Covid-19 cases: ministry

Apo - Colombia on Saturday surpassed the benchmark of one million cases of Covid-19 registered in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, the health ministry announced.

Poland's president tests positive for coronavirus

Warsaw - Poland's President Andrzej Duda said he had tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday, as the EU country faces a record rise in cases and mass protests despite a ban on public gatherings intended to stem infections.

Pandemic halts bullfighting where animal rights activists couldn't

- In a matter of months, the novel coronavirus achieved something that animal rights activists failed to do in decades: put a halt to bullfighting in Peru.

UN diplomat 'saddened' over perceived snub by New York mayor

New York - The president of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir of Turkey, on Friday lamented the New York mayor's refusal to meet him to discuss UN operating procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Countries battle virus surge as WHO warns of 'exponential' cases

Paris - More countries tightened anti-coronavirus measures on Saturday, with France extending a curfew and Belgium bringing forward its own curbs as new infections surged in many parts of the world.

India's capital chokes on 'severe' smog as farm fires soar

New Delhi - New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to "severe" levels, hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as "filthy".

Sweden sticks to its guns as Covid cases rise

Stockholm - Sweden is seeing an uptick in coronavirus infections and introducing targeted measures, but the country that famously refused to lock down is sticking to its guns and insisting coercive methods are not the way to go.

Placebo group: What happens after a Covid vaccine is authorized?

Washington - If a coronavirus vaccine is authorized in the United States before the end of the year, will trial participants who received a placebo rush out to get vaccinated?

Convalescent plasma of limited use for Covid-19: study

Paris - Plasma taken from the blood of people who have recovered from Covid-19 and given to people sick with the disease does not reduce their chances of getting seriously ill or dying, new research has found.

Dublin 'eerie' as Ireland plunges into second lockdown

Dublin - A "cloud of sadness" descended on the streets of central Dublin Thursday as Ireland became the first EU nation to return to a full coronavirus lockdown.

Curfews, lockdowns rain down on Europe amid record Covid cases

Paris - France extended its anti-Covid curfew to cover two-thirds of the population and Ireland locked down again on Thursday as governments warned of a dire situation in Europe where countries are registering record cases.

Germany reports record new virus cases in 24 hours

Berlin - Germany recorded 11,287 new Covid-19 infections in 24 hours, a sharp jump from the previous day and a record for the country since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to official data Thursday.

Vaccine trials 'can't detect' virus risk reduction: expert

Paris - None of the trials of Covid-19 candidate vaccines can detect a reduction in serious outcomes such as hospitalisation or death, a leading public health expert said Thursday.

Volunteer in Oxford Covid vaccine test dies in Brazil: officials

Rio De Janeiro - A volunteer participating in clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University has died in Brazil, officials announced Wednesday, though media reports said he had received a placebo, not the test vaccine.

Spain becomes first EU nation with one million virus cases

Madrid - Spain has become the first European Union nation to record a million coronavirus infections, official data showed on Wednesday, as the government mulled fresh restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the disease.

Bolsonaro shoots down plan to buy Chinese vaccine

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday his government would not in fact purchase a Chinese-developed vaccine against Covid-19, a day after his health minister announced a deal to buy millions of doses.

Spain tourism sector eyes 100-bln-euro loss over virus

Madrid - Devastated by the pandemic, Spain's all-important tourism sector is expected to incur losses of more than 100 billion euros ($120 billion) this year, an industry body warned Wednesday.

Ireland locks down for second wave, Germany smashes record daily high

Dublin - Ireland became the first European country to enter a second national lockdown and Germany's daily cases leapt to a record high as the second wave of coronavirus spread gloom across the continent on Thursday.

Brazil embraces Chinese Covid vaccine after row

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's health minister said Tuesday the country would add the Chinese-made CoronaVac vaccine against Covid-19 to its national immunization program, despite a political and diplomatic row over whether to use it.

India to roll out quick and cheap coronavirus paper test

New Delhi - A fast and cheap paper-based coronavirus test will soon be available across India, with scientists hopeful it will help turn the tide on the pandemic in one of the world's worst-hit nations.India has recorded more than 7.

Cathay Pacific to close Cathay Dragon subsidiary, slash workforce

Fpo - Cathay Pacific is to slash up to 5,900 jobs and shutter its Cathay Dragon subsidiary, the Hong Kong carrier said Wednesday, joining a growing list of airlines making swingeing cuts as they reel from the coronavirus pandemic.

Hungary's Orban under fire as virus second wave bites

Budapest - As the second coronavirus wave bites, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban -- who shut the borders in September -- is holding back on tougher measures such as a lockdown, despite growing criticism of his response.

Scientists raise alarm over signs of vaccine 'hesitancy'

Paris - Scientists called for urgent action to improve public trust in immunisation as research suggested sizeable minorities in some nations may be reluctant to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Virus secondary as civilians try to survive Karabakh battle

- Two ripe squashes sit under a chair in a basement sheltering Azerbaijanis from the shells falling along the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline.

Virus, what virus? India gets back to work

Sinnar - India is on course to top the world in coronavirus cases, but from Maharashtra's whirring factories to Kolkata's thronging markets, people are back at work -- and eager to forget the pandemic for festival season.

Madrid hospital struggles with surge in virus cases

Legan - At Severo Ochoa hospital in a Madrid suburb badly-hit during the pandemic's first wave, the intensive care unit is once again full and exhausted medics dread a repeat of the same "horror".

Ireland is first EU country to re-enter lockdown

Dublin - Ireland will be the first EU country to return to coronavirus lockdown, prime minister Micheal Martin said Monday, issuing a nationwide "stay at home" order but insisting schools will stay open.
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