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Protests over COVID controls spread across China after fatal fire
800 lives saved in Europe by drop in lockdown pollution, says study
There was a significant drop in pollution in cities like Paris, Milan and Barcelona.
Protesters clash with police in Brussels over COVID-19 restrictions
It was the third week in a row that the government has tightened its rules as an avalanche of new cases strains the country’s health services.
How has COVID affected workers?
How did life change for workers in the European Union due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Climate sceptics are using COVID-19 trauma against us, says new report
A new report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue has identified a dangerous new brand of climate disinformation.
Italian NGO calls on government to address overcrowded prisons
53,637 people occupy the approximately 47,000 prison cells in Italy, according to the annual report of prisoners’ rights association Antigone.
Spain's first national lockdown order was unconstitutional, says court
Spain’s Constitutional Court has that last spring’s lockdown order by the government under a state of emergency was unconstitutional.
COVID-19: Australia further curbs new arrivals due to risks of variant
Australia, which already has some of the world’s tightest border restrictions, will reduce its cap on arrivals from 6,000 passengers a week to 3,000 by July 14.
Delta variant outbreak forced parts of Sydney to go into lockdown
The outbreak has been traced back to a Sydney Airport limousine driver who is said to have been infected while transporting a foreign air crew.
Did lockdown cut heart attacks by a third?
Doctors in Finland noticed a sharp drop in heart attack patients last spring. They think it could be a side effect of the COVID pandemic.
Taste of freedom as Spaniards celebrate end of state of emergency
While hundreds celebrated with improvised street parties, others feared the national state of emergency would be replaced by a patchwork of conflicting regional approaches.
European countries cautiously ease coronavirus restrictions
France and Greece became the latest European countries on Monday to begin cautiously relaxing their lockdowns.
Europe’s economy slid back into recession as US roared ahead
The European economy officially entered a double-dip recession in the first quarter of the year, as the continent paid the price for slow vaccine rollouts and extended lockdowns.
France to lift domestic travel restrictions from May 3, says PM Castex
"The peak of the third wave of the pandemic seems to be behind us," said Prime Minister Jean Castex as he outlined the first steps of lockdown easing.
Protests in Berlin as Bundestag approves COVID rules overhaul
German legislators have given the green light to an overhaul of coronavirus restrictions as police clashed with demonstrators near the Reichstag.
France extends partial COVID-19 lockdowns to more parts of country
Three more areas are being added to the 16 already under reinforced restrictions, to fight what the French government describes as an 'extremely strong' third wave of the pandemic.
Slow vaccine rollout tops agenda as European leaders meet virtually
Three months after vaccination campaigns started, fewer than 5% of the EU's 450 million residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Lockdowns are 'not going to be over by summer' says health expert
We’re all fed up with lockdowns, but pandemic life probably won’t be over in 2021, a public health expert warns. So how can authorities keep enforcing restrictions?
New lockdowns begin in France and Poland as COVID-19 infections soar
The measures imposed nationwide in Poland and on a third of the French population, less strict than during the first lockdown a year ago, come amid a surge in cases in much of Europe.
One year on, a look back at how COVID-19 upended life in Europe
The lockdown scenes in Wuhan initially seemed completely alien. But the virus raced across the globe, and soon the streets of Europe also became eerily quiet.
English schools and German shops reopen as COVID-19 restrictions eased
While England and Germany ease coronavirus restrictions, other countries in Europe are imposing tighter measures to contain the virus.
COVID-19: New Zealand's largest city to go into three-day lockdown
This will be the first lockdown in six months for New Zealand, which had stamped out community transmission of the virus.
Anti-lockdown protests continue in Belgium, Austria and Slovenia
Resistance is growing after nearly a year of restrictions on businesses, travel, and community life.
Europe closes borders in fight against coronavirus variants
Europe's tightening of coronavirus measures includes severe travel restrictions in attempts to keep out new variants
COVID-19: Dutch police arrest over 150 at violent anti-curfew protests
A nighttime curfew running from 21:00 to 04:30 came into force across the Netherlands on Saturday evening.
Schools closed and exams scrapped as England enters third lockdown
In the first lockdown schools and colleges were given little more than 48 hours to set up remote education. This time they are much better prepared, according to the Association of School and College Leaders.
Ireland locks down again to stop the new COVID-19 variant in its track
The country will go into a full lockdown for a month, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said on Wednesday. This means restrictions will be reviewed again on January 31.