The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is spreading through Europe. Apart from the health risk, it is also forcing businesses, as well as EU institutions, to cancel travel and public events and switch to teleworking, in the hope of slowing the epidemic.
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Today’s top news: The Netherlands extends ‘intelligent lockdown’ until 28 April / Hungary makes info on geographical spread of new infections publicly available / Italy extends country-wide lockdown until 13 April / Spain registered highest death toll on Wednesday
MASK DIPLOMACY: In this Special Edition of the Capitals, the EURACTIV Network looks into how China’s ‘mask diplomacy’ has been perceived by the different EU member states facing the COVID-19 crisis.
FOOD SAFETY: Although coronavirus can survive on surfaces for a limited time, food safety regulations in EU member states ensure a high level of protection against contaminated food, said the chief of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Bernhard Url in an interview.
CASHLESS: Authorities are encouraging the use of electronic payments as a safer measure to maintain social distance and contain the spread of the coronavirus. Read more.
CLINICAL TRIALS: Clinical trials investigating the efficacy of using the rheumatoid arthritis drug, Kevzara, in patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19 have now been expanded to include the EU. Natasha Foote reports.
BETTER PREPAREDNESS: Health, global security and international stability are inextricably linked. And our globalised, urbanised and at the same time, the politically fragmented world has never been as prone to pandemics as it is today. Wolfgang Ischinger and Stefan Oschmann present five points that are critical in order to be better prepared for situations like these in the future.
MEDIA PLAN: Will the media be saved like the banks were? In this Open Letter to the President of the EU Commission, media stakeholders and experts, in a personal capacity, along with current and former MEPs, ask for the Commission to help sustain the media sector in this testing time.