Coronavirus

22-10-2020

Spain becomes first EU nation with one million virus cases

Spain has become the first European Union nation to record a million coronavirus infections, official data showed on Wednesday (21 October), as the government mulled fresh restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the disease.
Politics 22-10-2020

Coronavirus second wave prompts virtual EU summit

European Union leaders will hold a video-conference next week to discuss how to better cooperate against the COVID-19 pandemic as infections rise, European Council President Charles Michel said on Wednesday (21 October).
21-10-2020

Viktor Orbán under fire as virus second wave bites

As the second coronavirus wave bites, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán -- who shut the borders in September -- is holding back on tougher measures such as a lockdown, despite growing criticism of his response.
Digital 20-10-2020

European coronavirus tracing apps are crossing borders

The German Corona-Warn-App now also works in Italy and Ireland, and vice versa, and more countries will be added soon. However, some are being excluded from the outset, because they use a central system, such as France. EURACTIV Germany reports.
20-10-2020

Belgium says COVID-19 situation serious as infections reach new highs

The health situation in Belgium is worse than in March during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases of infection reaching new highs and the number of people in hospital doubling each week, officials said.
19-10-2020

Global coronavirus cases surpass the 40 million milestone

Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday (19 October), according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease. The Reuters tally is based on official...
15-10-2020

Von der Leyen leaves EU summit to self-isolate

EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (15 October) left a summit attended by the bloc's 27 leaders after learning that a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus.
15-10-2020

European Parliament cancels Strasbourg session and goes virtual

The European Parliament will hold next week's plenary session by videoconference as a precaution against coronavirus, European Parliament President Davide Sassoli said Thursday (15 October), despite French insistence on resuming the assembly's monthly Strasbourg sessions.
15-10-2020

Paris goes under curfew as Europe ramps up virus restrictions

France on Wednesday (14 October) became the latest European country to toughen anti-coronavirus measures, imposing a curfew in Paris and eight other cities from Saturday, while Germany and Ireland also ramped up restrictions.
14-10-2020

The Brief, powered by logos – Back to square one?

The COVID-19 crisis is back at full speed, with a steady stream of incoming news about new risk areas and regions, new quarantine measures and curfews. We’ve been there, done that, but is there anything new in all of this?...
14-10-2020

Countries turn to rapid antigen tests to contain second wave of COVID-19

Countries straining to contain a second wave of COVID-19 are turning to faster, cheaper but less accurate tests to avoid the delays and shortages that have plagued efforts to diagnose and trace those infected quickly.
14-10-2020

EU makes €1 billion bet on Gilead’s COVID drug before trial results

The European Union has agreed to pay more than €1 billion to US pharmaceutical company Gilead for a six-month supply of its antiviral drug remdesivir, shortly before the publication of final results of the biggest trial of the COVID-19 medication.
14-10-2020

To overcome COVID-19, we need to show leadership on seasonal flu vaccination

As we approach the 2020-2021 winter season, we are facing a potential “twindemic” of COVID-19 and seasonal flu. That is why we need to show strong political leadership and take concrete policy measures to secure seasonal flu vaccine uptake, writes MEP Dolors Montserrat.
14-10-2020

Borrell and Lenarcic quarantined after trip to Ethiopia

The EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, and the bloc's commissioner for humanitarian aid, Janez Lenarcic, said that they were quarantining after coming into contact with people who tested positive for coronavirus during a trip to Ethiopia last week.
13-10-2020

Pharma official: COVID-19 vaccines will need no-fault compensation systems

Billions of people across the world will be vaccinated in a very short period of time once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, inevitably resulting in some side-effects that may or may not be linked to the vaccine. For this reason, countries should adopt no-fault compensation systems, a senior pharma official told EURACTIV in an interview.
13-10-2020

Indepent report on COVID hotspot Ischgl slams Austrian government’s handling

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl became the European epicentre of coronavirus infections in March. The local government there has denied any responsibility, but a new independent commission report begs to differ. EURACTIV Germany reports.
09-10-2020

Madrid court strikes down government’s COVID-19 restrictions

The regional high court in Madrid on Thursday (8 October) struck down government restrictions that sealed off the Spanish capital and nine of its satellite cities in a bid to curb soaring COVID-19 infection rates, saying the move lacked legal underpinning and breached residents’ “fundamental rights.”
Health 09-10-2020

Debate over building confidence in COVID-19 vaccine heats up

EU stakeholders are exploring ways to build up confidence in a future COVID-19 vaccine, after polls across the world have suggested that the public opinion still is not convinced.
Health 09-10-2020

COVID-19 and beyond: Confidence and resilience in vaccine ecosystem

The debate over a rapid but safe and effective vaccine to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has heated up in Europe and worldwide.
08-10-2020

Spain hopes to create 800,000 jobs with EU recovery funds

€72 billion of Spain’s share of the EU Recovery Fund be invested over the next three years to create 800,000 jobs, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Wednesday (7 October). EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
08-10-2020

Europe hits 6m cases as Scotland, Brussels shut bars

With Europe topping six million coronavirus cases, Scotland and Brussels became the latest to introduce curbs on alcohol consumption Wednesday (7 October), while experts detailed the hugely divergent consequences of the pandemic for the world's richest and poorest.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2020

More cooperation, greater inclusion key to preventing a ‘lockdown generation’

Already precarious in many regions of Europe, youth unemployment has spiked dramatically with the onset of COVID-19, sparking fears of another lost generation. At a recent StartNet Conference, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders called for greater cooperation on facilitating young people’s transition to work.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2020

‘No second shutdown’, Germany’s Altmaier promises business leaders

Speaking at the annual Industry Day event, Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) promised business leaders that there would not be a second shutdown. He also took the opportunity to be critical of his SPD colleague, Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2020

Europe’s unemployment rate rises for fifth straight month in August

While the unemployment rate in the eurozone reached 8.1% in August, it rose to 7.4% for the bloc as a whole, according to Eurostat. EURACTIV's partner EUROEFE reports.
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