Italy, Spain show signs of hope, France death toll slows

Italy, Spain show signs of hope, France death toll slows

Queen Elizabeth II appealed to Britons to exercise self-discipline in “an increasingly challenging time”

Italy and Spain, the two European countries hardest hit by the new coronavirus, on Sunday reported encouraging signs in their fight against the deadly Covid-19, news wires reported. While Italy reported its lowest daily death toll in two weeks, in Spain the number of fatalities fell for the third straight day. "This is good news but we should not let our guard down," Italy’s civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli said.

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  • Austria presents a plan to put restrictions to an end

    Austria presents a plan to put restrictions to an end

    Austria is planning to start returning to normality, but it will be done slowly. “There will be a step-by-step reopening,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a news conference on Monday, adding that the fact Austria had acted faster than many other countries meant it was now in a position to start reopening sooner. As of next week shops will start reopening in an initial loosening of coronavirus lockdown. According to Kurz, the country was turning a corner.

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  • What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

    What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

    The novel coronavirus has put global trade on hold, placed half of the world population in confinement and has the potential to topple governments and reshape diplomatic relations. The UN has appealed for ceasefires in all the major conflicts rocking the planet, with its chief Antonio Guterres on Friday warning "the worst is yet to come". 

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  • Sweden considers some restrictions to tackle virus spread

    Sweden considers some restrictions to tackle virus spread

    In attempt to tackle the coronavirus spread Sweden’s government announced on Monday it will seek wider executive powers, including the right to shut airports and railway stations without parliament’s approval, news wires reported. So far the country has taken very few restrictive measures, and unlike most of Europe, Swedes can still go to parks and eat at restaurants, while primary and secondary schools remain open.

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  • Gilles de Kerchove: Speedy access to e-evidence is crucial to fighting terrorism and organised crime

    Gilles de Kerchove: Speedy access to e-evidence is crucial to fighting terrorism and organised crime

    If we don't give our law enforcement and judicial authorities appropriate tools at hand to fight terrorism and serious and organised crime that is being carried out online, they go dark and there is impunity for crimes. They risk to be blind while many of the crimes are either planned or conducted online, says EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove in an interview to Europost.

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  • Daily rise in coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic goes down

    Daily rise in coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic goes down

    The Czech Republic reported on Monday its slowest daily percentage rise in confirmed coronavirus cases, as the country entered fourth week of restrictions on business and movement, news wires reported. The country had 4,591 cases as of Sunday midnight, up 2.6% from the previous day or 115, the Health Ministry said on its website. This was the lowest percentage increase since early March when the country had a handful of known infections.

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  • Oligarchs unleash sociologist and millionaire Raychev to protect their money

    Oligarchs unleash sociologist and millionaire Raychev to protect their money

    The oligarchs are putting to work their entire arsenal of weapons to pressure the state into easing the measures taken against the spread of the new coronavirus. To that end, the leaders of the behind-the-scenes clique in Bulgaria have called on the services of a small army of paid mouthpieces tasked with convincing society that the crackdown on movement of people is unnecessary and that efforts should be focused primarily on saving the economy. The reason behind this concerted attack is the behind-the-scenes clique’s desire to save its businesses, built on our money, putting our health at risk in the process.

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