Germany relaxes lockdown as infections subside

Museums, galleries and gardens, as well as many shops, were allowed to reopen this week in Germany, The Independent reported. A draft document prepared by federal chancellery chief Helge Braun, also said amateur open-air sports could restart and schools should gradually reopen from 11 May, the repo


French mayors criticise government decision to reopen primary schools

French President Emmanuel Macron has come under fire for sending young children back to school as part of an easing of lockdown restrictions. France will reopen primary schools on a voluntary basis from Monday, May 11. But many local officials have criticised the government, saying there's not eno


Italy Starts to Reopen From Europe’s Longest Lockdown

ITALY ON MONDAY RELAXED some restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus after enduring the longest lockdown in Europe.Following a roughly two-month shutdown as the pandemic intensified, the country reopened its manufacturing and construction industries. Access to parks and publi


Theft suspects tried in France over fake police checks

Four alleged fraudsters are being tried in France, accused of conducting fake police checks on people's permits to leave home during the lockdown. The woman and three men allegedly posed as officers and robbed victims after asking them to produce the official form people must carry away from home.


‘Still at the beginning’: Merkel asks Germans for resilience in coronavirus battle

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans on Thursday to show endurance and discipline to get through the coronavirus pandemic that is “still at the beginning”, and called for a bigger European Union budget to support economic recovery in the bloc. Merkel is worried that Germans are relaxi


Spain says one of Europe's most-wanted Islamic State fighters arrested

Spanish police detained one of Europe’s most wanted fugitive Islamic State (IS) fighters in the southern town of Almeria, the government said. The Egyptian man, who has fought in Syria and Iraq, was hiding in an apartment with two other people who were also arrested and were being identified


Sweden to achieve partial ‘herd immunity’ in weeks

The Swedish model of continuing life as normal despite coronavirus has led to it achieving “herd immunity” in parts of the country, with others to follow within weeks, said the country’s infectious diseases chief according to the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Saturday.


LONDON BUSES NOW EFFECTIVELY FREE AMID CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

London buses are now effectively free until further notice after Transport for London announced that from Monday passengers will only be able to enter a bus through the center doors and will no longer be required to touch in. The move is part of measures designed to improve safety for bus drivers a


Boris Johnson’s condition improving in ICU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care with the coronavirus but is “improving,” a senior official said Wednesday, as the UK saw its biggest spike in deaths from the virus to date. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak said Johnson “has been sitting up in bed and engag


Italy starts to look ahead to 'phase two' as COVID-19 death toll slows

Italy reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll for more than two weeks on Sunday as authorities began to look ahead to a second phase of the battle against the new coronavirus once the lockdown imposed almost a month ago is eventually eased. The toll from the world’s deadliest outbreak r


Sweden takes different approach to tackling the outbreak as numbers rise

Sweden has taken a business-as-usual approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic, which is coming in for growing criticism as the death toll rises, according to reports. The country has not implemented any social-distancing measures or curfews as other countries have to help slow the spread. Neit


UK PM Johnson stays in isolation as Queen prepares to address the nation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was remaining in isolation with mild symptoms of COVID-19, including a raised temperature, seven days after he first tested positive for the new coronavirus which causes the respiratory disease. With the country nearing the end of its second we


France extends coronavirus ‘stay-at-home’ lockdown order until at least April 15

France is extending by two weeks until at least April 15 its stay-at-home order for all people to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday. President Emmanuel Macron had ordered people in France to stay at home from March 17 for two weeks for all but essential t


Merkel’s coronavirus test came back negative for second time

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has tested negative for coronavirus for a second time and will undergo another test at the beginning of next week, a government spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday. Merkel has been self-quarantining and working from home after receiving a vaccination from a do


Grandmother, 95, becomes the oldest person in Italy to recover from coronavirus after being diagnosed with it earlier this month

A 95-year-old grandmother who was diagnosed with the coronavirus this month has become the oldest patient in the Italian province of Modena to recover from the illness. Alma Clara Corsini, from Fanano, was rushed to a hospital in the city's northern province of Pavullo on March 5 after showing sign


80,000 EU citizens stranded abroad from coronavirus travel shutdown

An estimated 80,000 EU citizens around the world are stranded abroad waiting to get back into Europe amid a travel shut-down from the coronavirus outbreak, officials have estimated. EU leaders last night agreed to close the bloc's borders for 30 days to all but non-essential travel, in a bid to slo


Brother of 2017 UK Manchester suicide bomber found guilty of murder

The brother of the bomber who blew himself up at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester three years ago has been found guilty of murdering the 22 victims, the BBC reported on Tuesday. Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton born to Libyan parents, detonated his bomb at Man


France asks airlines to help citizens stuck in Morocco amid coronavirus fears

France has asked airlines to help bring back thousands of French citizens stuck in Morocco after the North African country halted flights because of the coronavirus, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Sunday. Morocco suspended all international passenger flights on Sunday afte



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