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Portugal set to extend virus emergency

Portugal’s government acknowledged Wednesday that it is struggling to withstand a second wave of the coronavirus, preparing to extend infection control measures and a state of emergency for two more weeks. The country’s most-affected regions will see emergency regulations prolonged beyond Monday, including an overnight and weekend curfew. “We predict that in the two to […]

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Virus rate rockets across North America

The rate of infection rocketed in North America over the past week, though Europe remains the epicentre of the pandemic. A weekly roundup from AFP’s specialised database: Infections spiralling The pandemic continued to rampage over the past week across the world with a record daily average of 579,000 new cases—a 10-percent increase from the previous […]

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Naples primed for new virus curbs as hospitals overwhelmed

The southern Italian city of Naples was braced Friday for further coronavirus restrictions as hospitals risked becoming overwhelmed by new cases, with medics forced to treat patients in their cars. “The situation in Campania (region) is out of control,” Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told La Stampa newspaper on Friday, adding: “We need urgent restrictions… […]

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Worst-hit Belgium hopes virus second wave has peaked

The second wave of the coronavirus in Belgium, the hardest-hit country in the world in terms of its proportion of fatalities, may have peaked, health authorities said on Friday. “For the past few days now… we can finally see the peak of this second wave,” Yves Van Laethem, a spokesman for the country’s virus crisis […]

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Virus surge breaking infection records across the US

Texas on Wednesday became the first state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and California closed in on that mark as a surge of coronavirus infections engulfs the country. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all restaurants, bars and gyms statewide will have to close at 10 p.m. starting Friday, a major […]

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Europe imposes new virus curbs as exasperation, anger grows

Germany on Monday led a further tightening of coronavirus restrictions in Europe that have triggered anger and frustration across the continent, while the COVID-19 crisis in the United States deepened. The virus has infected more than 46 million people worldwide, with close to 1.2 million deaths, and the acute outbreaks in Europe and America sparking […]

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Sri Lanka capital to go into lockdown after virus surge

Sri Lanka’s capital will go back into lockdown from Friday following a surge in coronavirus cases, authorities said Thursday. The South Asian island nation of 21 million people has reported more than 9,200 COVID-19 infections, with over half detected in the past three weeks after more than a thousand garment factory workers tested positive. Around […]

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Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

A new wave of lockdowns and business closings swept across France, Germany and other places in Europe on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections there and in the U.S. wipe out months of progress against the scourge on two continents. The resurgence and the resulting clampdown sent a shudder through financial markets, and stocks slumped. French […]