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Coronavirus: Mercedes F1 to make breathing aid
Thousands of the devices, which deliver oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator, could be made.

Coronavirus: EasyJet grounds entire fleet of planes due to virus
The budget airline says it cannot currently give a date for when it will restart commercial flights.

Coronavirus: 20,000 former NHS staff return to fight virus, PM says
In a video posted online, the prime minister says the UK can get through the pandemic "together".

Alan Merrill: I Love Rock 'N' Roll songwriter dies of coronavirus
Alan Merrill co-wrote and sang the glam rock classic before Joan Jett made it famous.

University admissions could face emergency controls
Universities are considering fixed limits on student numbers amid financial worries over admissions.

Coronavirus: Easter egg crackdown over essential status 'wrong'
Officials trying to stop convenience stores selling Easter eggs are told they have misread the rules.

Hemel Hempstead fire: Three dead in house blaze
Two women and a man are found dead at the property in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Coronavirus: 'I feel lost' - Covid-19 costs mother her job
Sara, a mother of two from Greater Manchester, has lost her job because of the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: Trump extends US guidelines beyond Easter
The US president extends social distancing rules after a warning that 200,000 Americans could die.

Coronavirus: Driver stopped on M6 lockdown trip with wife in boot
They made a 220-mile round trip from Coventry to Salford to pick up £15 windows bought on eBay.

Coronavirus: UK broadband data caps removed during pandemic
Coronavirus pandemic prompts removal of UK broadband data caps on fixed-line connections.

The Marvel Spiderman artist teaching children in Ireland to draw
Irish artist Will Sliney is keeping thousands of kids entertained with daily drawing challenges.

The Papers: 'Normal life' six months away and NHS 'hero' dies
The papers cover warnings UK restrictions are set to continue, as a doctor dies with coronavirus.

Strange times: London's empty roads in the coronavirus pandemic
Have you ever seen the streets of the capital so empty?

Coronavirus social distancing advice: What two metres looks like
The UK government is advising us to stay two metres apart - but what does that look like?

Rob Lawrie, the ex-squaddie, and the girl taken
Rob thought he was helping a refugee girl and her father as they struggled to get to the UK. But he found out it was all a lie.

Coronavirus: Grounded planes and deserted airport terminals
Coronavirus has left the UK's major airports deserted, save for scores of grounded aircraft.

Close-up footage of Arkansas tornado
An active weather front brings a rapid developing and destructive tornado to Arkansas

At 112 Bob is older than Selfridges
Bob Weighton, from Hampshire, turns 112 today. What has the world's oldest man lived through?

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Why are people stealing hospital supplies?
Dr John Wright explains how Bradford Royal Infirmary is preparing for a "tsunami" of Covid-19 cases.

Coronavirus and sex: What you need to know
All your questions about sex in the time of coronavirus, answered.

A place that makes you ask the questions that really matter
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt found a visit to Antarctica made him emotional, and ultimately hopeful.

Coronavirus: The woman behind India's first testing kit
With the first made-in-India kits, the country could hugely scale up testing for the coronavirus.

'My $60m weight-loss app cured my personal pain'
Victoria Repa has created an app to help people lose weight, an issue she struggled with growing up.

Coronavirus: Meet the ‘shielded’ enduring 12 weeks of isolation
Some people face months of coronavirus isolation because of medical conditions. How will they cope?

The volunteers feeding the NHS
Meet the people who have made it their mission to feed the National Health Service for free.

Fair to award Liverpool title - Man City's Gundogan
It would only be "fair" to award Liverpool the title if the Premier League season is not completed, says Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan.

'There needs to be a point where enough is enough' - Kane says end of June the limit for season
England captain Harry Kane says the Premier League season should be scrapped if it cannot be completed by the end of June

BBC Sport's five things to do today
Our team give you something to read, watch, try, listen and join in with - all in one place.

Meet the team competing as 'England' in 2020... by chance
BBC Sport speaks to the amateur football team who are representing England on the European stage by a fluke.

Formula 1 guess who: How many drivers can you name?
How many F1 drivers do you think you can name from just three clues? Take the BBC Sport quiz to find out.

Sam Tomkins: Catalans Dragons star on coronavirus lockdown in France
In part one of a new BBC Sport series, England and Catalans player Sam Tomkins explains what life in lockdown is like in France.

Coronavirus information: What should I do?
Step-by-step, what to do to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the pandemic
Key charts explaining how the respiratory virus has spread and how it is being dealt with.

Coronavirus: How to wash your hands - in 20 seconds
Dr Adele McCormick from the University of Westminster demonstrates how to wash your hands.

Coronavirus: Can I get tested to see if I have Covid-19?
The government aims to reach 25,000 tests a day, with patients and NHS workers the top priority.

Coronavirus in UK: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation?
Everybody should be avoiding non-essential contact, and you should stay at home wherever possible.

Coronavirus update:: Why does staying at home help?
After Boris Johnson brings in new measures, the BBC explains why staying in is a matter of life and death.

Coronavirus symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself?
The virus is spreading around the world, but what is it and what are the symptoms?

Coronavirus: How close are we to a vaccine or drug?
We answer some of the big questions about vaccines and how long one for coronavirus could take.

Coronavirus: What is it?
Everything you need to know about the coronavirus – explained in just one minute.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body
What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

Coronavirus: 'I'm begging you, please be careful'
A woman being treated for coronavirus has made an appeal for people to stay home.

Coronavirus: When will the outbreak end and life get back to normal?
The huge challenge the world faces to find an exit strategy to end the lockdowns and return to normal.

Coronavirus death rate: What are the chances of dying?
The current best guess of a 1% death rate does not apply to everyone.

The workers braving coronavirus
From supermarkets to warehouses to pharmacies, these are the people keeping things running.

Coronavirus: More myths to ignore
Reality Check tackles misleading health advice being shared online.

The volunteer army helping self-isolating neighbours
The coronavirus outbreak has left many feeling trapped indoors, but for some help may not be far away.

Coronavirus: 'How I'm coping with self-isolation'
With the impact that coronavirus is having on our daily lives, people are finding new ways to fill their free time.

Coronavirus: The rough sleepers who can't self-isolate
With soup kitchens closing and hostels 'like a Petri dish', homeless people are scared about the future.

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In India, social distancing is a privilege of the middle class
For two days, Jeetender Mahender, a 36-year-old Dalit sanitation worker, has dared not leave his family's shanty in the Valmiki slum of northern Mumbai, India, except to go to the toilet.

Trump goes back on plan to reopen US by Easter

UK coronavirus outbreak showing signs of slowing - epidemiologist

America's terrible, growing coronavirus death toll makes Trump accept reality
Even President Donald Trump, a serial spinner of his own political realities, accepted science's dire truth in ditching an Easter target to open up the US economy with the coronavirus pandemic set to take a savage turn.

Justice Department reviews stock trades by lawmakers after coronavirus briefings
The Justice Department has started to probe a series of stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of the sharp market downturn stemming from the spread of coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Armed vigilantes blocked a neighbor's driveway to force him into quarantine
A Maine man said armed neighbors descended on his home and chopped down a tree to block his road and prevent him from leaving because they believed he may have coronavirus.

Fresh out of medical school, young Italian doctors are being fast-tracked to the coronavirus frontline
Medical student Chiara Bonini, 26, had barely finished her final exam, before the young doctor was headed for the front line of Italy's coronavirus pandemic.

ISIS members riot and break out of Syrian prison
Several Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) members escaped from a Syrian prison on Sunday by ripping off doors and using them to break down a wall during a "detention facility uprising," authorities said.

Wimbledon will be canceled, says German tennis official
The Wimbledon tennis championships will be canceled this week, according to German Tennis Federation (DTB) vice-president Dirk Hordorff.

The unique challenges of love under lockdown
Henny Ansell is effectively in a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend -- but her boyfriend is only a few miles away.

Police officer wears coronavirus helmet to warn people to stay inside
As India enforces a nationwide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, one police officer has found a creative way to get the message across.

She was told to stay home. But got infected by her employer anyway
When the coronavirus outbreak reached Hong Kong, domestic worker Jinkie Alhambra followed guidance from the government and stayed home on her day off.

Priests offer drive-thru confessions
As the Covid-19 pandemic forces churches and places of worship to close across the country, Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative found a way around the problem.

Policy that mothers must give birth without partners overruled in New York
Days after a hospital system said it wouldn't allow women to have visitors during childbirth, New York state quashed that policy.

Opera singer Plácido Domingo hospitalized with coronavirus
Opera legend Placido Domingo has been hospitalized in Acapulco, Mexico, with complications related to coronavirus, according to the singer's spokesperson.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus squad give up $100 million in wages
With football on hold across the world, Juventus' first-team squad and coach Maurizio Sarri have agreed to give up four months' wages to help the club manage the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

We asked workers how the virus changed their lives. Here's what they said
Small business owners, food truck chefs and more. Hear from workers who are struggling to make ends meet in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the latest videos on Covid-19. 

Police in England dye a 'Blue Lagoon' black to deter visitors during coronavirus lockdown
Not even a nationwide lockdown could stop England's Instagrammers from flocking to a former limestone quarry in Harpur Hill, whose bright blue waters have earned it the nickname, "Blue Lagoon."

Ken Shimura, famed Japanese comedian, dead at 70 after contracting coronavirus
Famed Japanese comedian Ken Shimura has died after contracting novel coronavirus, according to his representatives.

Mercedes F1 engineers help make a breathing aid for coronavirus patients in less than 100 hours
Formula 1 engine manufacturer Mercedes has teamed up with clinicians and university engineers in London to design a breathing aid for coronavirus patients that can be quickly mass produced, a development that could help reduce the need for ventilators.

So many missed warnings: How Spain became coronavirus hotspot
Unseasonably warm weather, Champions League football and other major events, homes on the beach and the café culture: just a few of the factors that may have helped carry an insidious virus across southern Europe -- from country to country and city to city, from Italy to Spain and Portugal.

8 killed as plane reportedly carrying medical supplies crashes in the Philippines
A Tokyo-bound plane crashed while taking off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines capital city of Manila on Sunday, killing all eight on board, airport personnel told CNN.

Fear, panic as women navigate pregnancy during a pandemic
Hear from pregnant women and parents-to-be as they face the challenges of giving birth during the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch the latest videos on Covid-19.

Convicted serial killer known as the 'Grim Sleeper' found dead in prison cell
A convicted serial killer, who murdered and preyed on women in California over a span of three decades, died over the weekend at San Quentin State Prison.

Trump says US will not pay for Prince Harry and Meghan's security
President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States would not pay to protect Prince Harry and his wife Meghan if they move to the US, but the Duke and Duchess say they're not asking for any help.

Backstreet Boys reunite for Living Room Concert
The world may be social distancing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, but nothing was going to stop one of the most successful boy bands of all time coming together in a good cause.

The game-changing typeface made to go unnoticed
Even if you've never heard of it, Helvetica has been part of your life. This typeface is, very literally, everywhere: computer screens, billboards, buildings, street signs and posters.

You know your K-pop stars. Now meet the American producers and songwriters behind them
Yes, South Korea is tiny. The entire country, plus its northern neighbor, could fit inside Lake Michigan. But within that small country, something revolutionary was born that has taken the world by storm -- Korean pop, aka K-pop.

The doctor in the viral photo with his son behind glass has lost his home to a tornado
A resident physician, who touched the lives of thousands when a photo of him and his son separated by glass went viral, has lost his family home to a tornado.

Stabbing victim dies 3 months after attack at Hanukkah celebration in New York
A New York man severely injured in a stabbing during Hanukkah last year has died.

Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world's pollution crisis
Plastic products made with polyurethane, a synthetic chemical compound, typically end up buried in a landfill.

Millions of chickens are used to make vaccines each year. But that won't work for coronavirus
Across the United States, prized chickens are laying life-saving eggs at secret farms.

Dozens of young women in South Korea were allegedly forced into sexual slavery on an encrypted messaging app
One girl wrote the word slave above her genitals. Another was made to bark like a dog while naked.

Her husband died from kidney failure. Then his family shaved her head and made her strip beside his grave.

See adorable puppies run around the Georgia Aquarium
Adoptable puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society explore the Georgia Aquarium as it remains closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From rainbow to gray: The evolution of hair dye
For centuries, hair dye has been pivotal in helping people portray a certain image -- to either fit in with the beauty standards of the day or to dramatically subvert them.

There's a silent virus infecting the internet
CNN's Hadas Gold explores how the WHO is partnering up with social media firms to slow the spread of misinformation online.

Istanbul like you've never seen it before
Visual effects artist Aydin Buyuktas uses photography to recreate images from his dreams. Shooting cityscapes from above, he then digitally bends them toward the sky in photos reminiscent of the movie "Inception."

New York nightlife shut down. Now its workers need help
When New York City shut down bars and restaurants to control the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of thousands of workers and freelancers lost their incomes. Hear their stories.

Vietnamese beauty brand Skinlosophy fuses tradition with technology
International labels dominate Vietnam's market for high-end beauty products, but that did not deter Do Duy Khanh and Dinh Phuong Anh, who have carved out a niche for their brand -- Skinlosophy.

Coronavirus cases top 721,000 globally

Russia is using the pandemic to test authoritarian tech

Why is Italy's fatality rate so high?

Curfews and lockdowns affect millions in the Middle East
Curfews and lockdowns are in effect on hundreds of millions of people in the Middle East, but how effective are they in the fight against coronavirus?

Black marketeers cash in on crisis
Ernesto Ruiz Lopez, a pharmacist in Madrid, says he's never seen anything like this. He can't get protective masks, gloves or hand sanitizer from his regular suppliers, because they won't pay the sky-high prices, increasing at every stage of the chain, to obtain them. And he's wary of the intermediary sellers he calls "absolute pirates" trying to profit from shortages during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Trump goes back on plan to reopen US by Easter
• Trump concedes US coronavirus death toll could be 100,000 or more • President strikes friendly tone on China, as top officials point fingers over pandemic • Largest US jail is home to new cluster

Trump spars with CNN reporter
CNN's Jeremy Diamond presses President Donald Trump after he denied instructing Vice President Mike Pence to not call governors he felt were being unappreciative of federal assistance during the coronavirus crisis, despite video evidence to the contrary.

Amazon workers to stage a walkout Monday, demanding closure of Staten Island facility
Amazon employees at the company's Staten Island, New York, facility plan to walk off the job Monday amid allegations the online retail giant has mishandled its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bill Gates predicts virus peak
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-founder Bill Gates says that the US should shutdown the entire country for a short period of time to control the spread of the coronavirus and predicts that the number of cases will peak in late April.

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Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?
More than 724,000 infections are confirmed in at least 177 countries and territories, including at least 34,000 deaths.

Cuba sends doctors worldwide in coronavirus fight
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase in countries around the world, so does the demand for Cuban medics.

Coronavirus toll in New York state passes 1,000: Live updates
Trump extends social distancing rules until April 30 as New York state surpassed a grim milestone in its death toll.

Celebrating Land Day amid lockdown in Palestine
Israel is taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to take more Palestinian land, but the Palestinians will resist.

Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks
Countries around the world are stepping up efforts to tackle the new coronavirus that has killed thousands.

Coronavirus: All you need to know in 500 words
Virus thought to have originated in China's Wuhan has killed over 34,000 people and infected more than 723,000 globally.

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?
What we know so far on what COVID-19 does to the human body in cases of infections and deaths.

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country
Countries around the world have taken drastic measures, including border closures, in an attempt to curb COVID-19.

Europe pandemic crisis: Coronavirus death toll surges
As death tolls from the coronavirus continue to surge across Europe, countries steel themselves for extended lockdown.

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?
As the virus spreads across the globe, sports bodies are cancelling or postponing events.

Coronavirus pandemic: Which politicians and celebs are affected?
Top politicians, celebrities and sportspeople have been infected as governments take strict measures to curb the virus.

India's COVID-19 lockdown hits HIV+ and chronic patients hard
HIV+ and other patients with critical conditions face problems in accessing health services amid strict lockdown.

Guatemalan deported from US tests positive for COVID-19: Official
Authorities say the 29-year-old man started showing symptoms for the novel coronavirus after being deported last week.

N Korea confirms 'successful' missile tests; fourth in a month
Official news agency KCNA says tests involved a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' and was of 'great significance'.

Some US schools close for school year as COVID-19 crisis worsens
Schools could be closed for several more weeks or months and in the state of Virginia, classes have been cancelled for the rest of the school year.

Taiwan: The liberal democracy where adultery remains a crime
The island's highest court is to review the law this week raising hopes of abolition.

Coronavirus lockdown leaves migrant workers stranded in Thailand
Bangkok shutdown fuels mass exodus of migrants but those left behind worry about survival as factories close.

Trump extends US social distancing until April 30: Live updates
President says US death rate is likely to peak in two weeks, extends social distancing guidelines through April 30.

'Lab in a box': Scientists race to expand coronavirus testing
Transnational research team wants to create a system that will allow more people in rural areas be tested for COVID-19.

More coronavirus cases in Libya as fighting rages
The United Nations has urged warring parties to stop fighting so the overstretched health system can prepare.

Can the European Union stay united?
The EU is accused of failing to deal with the coronavirus, even as two of its members are the hardest-hit worldwide.

Polls close in Mali amid coronavirus threat, security fears
Long-delayed parliamentary elections overshadowed by kidnapping of opposition leader, concerns over coronavirus.

German state minister kills himself as coronavirus hits economy
Thomas Schaefer, finance minister of Germany's Hesse state which includes Frankfurt, found dead near a railway track.

US coronavirus deaths may reach 200,000: Top scientist
A shortage of ventilators in several major cities worsens as the US death count crosses 2,300.

COVID-19: Lebanon businesses help overwhelmed hospitals
While Lebanon's government has enforced a public lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, businesses are stepping in to assist hospitals already overwhelmed.

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Zaandam and Rotterdam on their way to Florida, where strict debarkation measures await

“We recently received confirmation from the Panamanian government that both ships have been allowed access to Panama Canal to make our way east toward Florida,” Holland America president Orlando Ashfo Holland America Zaandam cruise ship, carrying four bodies and scores of patients with coronavirus-like symptoms, has been given permission to cross the Panama Canal, allowing them to continue their journey toward Florida, the cruise line’s president said Sunday.

Argentina satisfied with pandemic quarantine results, extends the circulation ban until 12 April

President Fernandez making the announcement on Sunday evening Mandatory quarantine measures that permit citizens to leave their homes only for essential reasons will remain in place in Argentina until April 12, President Alberto Fernandez announced on Sunday.

Cleaner air in European cities as nitrogen dioxide levels drop with lockdowns

Lockdowns in many European countries have curbed road transport - the largest source of nitrogen oxides - and slowed output at gas-emitting factories. Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the corona-virus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic. Cities including Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Frankfurt showed a reduction in average levels of noxious nitrogen dioxide over Mar 5-25, compared with the same period last year, according to the Sentinel-5 satellite images.

Bolsonaro urges followers in the streets to keep the Brazilian economy going

“Brazil cannot stop or we'll turn into Venezuela,” Bolsonaro later told reporters outside his official residence. Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday flouted his government's social distancing guidelines against the spread of the coronavirus by mixing with supporters on the streets of Brasilia and urging them to keep the economy going.

Trump said social distancing guidelines will be extended until 30 April

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US leading infectious disease expert and one of the most prominent members of the president's Coronavirus Task Force, called the expanded guidelines “prudent.” President Trump announced on Sunday the nationwide social distancing guidelines will remain in place until April 30, saying the "peak" of the coronavirus pandemic is expected in two weeks. Mr. Trump said he expected the country to be "well on its way to recovery" by June 1.

Pandemic: Sweden avoids draconian measures of the rest of European countries

“We have to combine looking at minimizing the health effects of the virus and the economic impacts of this health crisis,” says Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, CEO at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce While swathes of Europe's population endure lockdown conditions in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, one country stands almost alone in allowing life to go on much closer to normal. After a long winter, it's just become warm enough to sit outside in the Swedish capital and people are making the most of it.

Retired Venezuela general charged with drug-trafficking turned himself to US authorities

As part of the US Justice Department indictment, US$10 million was offered for the capture of Alcala, who has been living in the Colombian city of Barranquilla A retired Venezuelan general has turned himself over to Colombian authorities after the United States charged him with drug-trafficking and offered a reward for his capture, local media reported. Cliver Alcala turned himself in on Friday to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to US authorities, the El Tiempo de Bogota newspaper said.

Germany does not discard another huge financial package to prop the economy

“In the short term, we are in a kind of war economy in which the state plays a bigger role in coordinating the economy than normally,” Reint Gropp, head of  Institute for Economic Research Germany's 750 billion euro (US$834 billion) package to soften the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Europe's largest economy will last for about two months, an independent economic think tank told a German newspaper group.

Four passengers dead on the MS Zaandam which last called in Punta Arenas

Holland America Line said the MS Zaandam, previously on a South American cruise, was trying to transit the Panama Canal and reach Fort Lauderdale Four passengers have died on a cruise ship off the Pacific coast of Panama with more than 130 others aboard suffering from influenza-like symptoms, at least two of whom have coronavirus, the vessel's operator said on Friday.

A bright sight from coronavirus: industry and transport emissions in three EU cities down 40%

Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite released three composite images showing nitrogen dioxide concentrations, Mar 14-25 over France, Spain and Italy Air pollution from nitrogen dioxide has fallen by an estimated 40% in three European cities, according to new satellite data released by the European Space Agency (ESA), coinciding with a widespread lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile
The European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile.

COVID-19: MEPs call for a more unified EU response
Showing strong support for EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, MEPs spoke up for strong EU solidarity to help citizens in Thursday’s plenary debate.

Main results of the Video conference of the members of the European Council
On 26 March, the members of the European Council followed up, by video conference, on the EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They also addressed EU enlargement, the earthquake in Croatia and the situation at the EU's external borders.

Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world
The European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024.

Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs
Yesterday, the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general. The standards will facilitate a faster and less expensive conformity assessment procedure.

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisis
The European Commission issued guidelines to ensure a strong EU-wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability.

Coronavirus: Commission bid to ensure supply of personal protective equipment for the EU proves successful
Producers made offers covering and, in some cases, even exceeding the quantities requested by the Member States that take part in the procurement, for every single item requested. The joint procurement covers masks type 2 and 3, gloves, goggles, face-shields, surgical masks and overalls.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup discussed further policy responses to the COVID-19 economic fallout, following the invitation of members of the European Council on 17 March.

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs
EU ministers responsible for European affairs gave their political agreement to the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The EU's outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes
The Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, ministers discussed the flexibility of the Stability and Growth Pact, in view of the communication presented by the European Commission on the economic aspects of the COVID-19 crisis on 20 March.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
Ministers exchanged views on the international response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with a particular focus on the repatriation of EU travellers stranded abroad. Ministers also discussed how to step up international cooperation and solidarity in order to support the most fragile countries.

COVID-19: Commission creates first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment
The European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State aid: Commission adopts Temporary Framework to enable Member States to further support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak
The European Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020.

COVID-19: Commission provides guidance on EU passenger rights
In our efforts to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has today published guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a coherent manner across the EU.

ECB announces €750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP)

Video conference of the members of the European Council
Members of the European Council held a videoconference on COVID 19 in order to follow up on previous conclusions of 10 March 2020 together with the ECB President, the President of the Eurogroup and the High Representative. They reaffirmed the need to work together and to do everything necessary to tackle the crisis and its consequences.

COVID-19: Commission presents guidelines for border measures to protect health and keep goods and essential services available
The Commission presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens' health, ensure the right treatment of people who do have to travel, and make sure essential goods and services remain available.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup held an in-depth discussion, together with non-euro area members, and adopted a statement on how to respond to the extraordinary human and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

COVID-19: Commission sets out European coordinated response to counter the economic impact of the Coronavirus
COVID-19 is a severe public health emergency for our citizens, societies and economies with infections in all Member States. It is also a major economic shock to the EU. The Commission therefore presents today an immediate response to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, centred on a European coordinated response.

Main results from the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers were informed of the latest developments at the EU's external borders with Turkey. They also assessed how the measures mentioned in the home affairs ministers statement of 4 March are being implemented. Over lunch, ministers responsible for civil protection issues discussed the coronavirus outbreak, following up on the priorities identified by EU leaders on 10 March.

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers
With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers.

Plenary highlights: Coronavirus debate, budget, migration
In a shortened plenary session due to coronavirus concerns, MEPs discussed the EU’s response to the outbreak, tensions at the Greek-Turkish border and the EU long-term budget.

Meeting of the members of the European Council on Coronavirus
The members of the European Council discussed, by video conference, how to coordinate EU efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, President of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno, and High Representative Josep Borrell also took part in the discussion.

Making Europe's businesses future-ready: A new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe
The Commission presents a new Strategy to help Europe's industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe's competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition.

EU paves the way for a stronger, more ambitious partnership with Africa
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa. The communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility.

EU-Turkey leaders' meeting
Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Brussels. The leaders discussed bilateral relations, the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement on migration, security, stability in the region and the crisis in Syria.

Migration: Commission takes action to find solutions for unaccompanied migrant children on Greek islands

A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

COVID-19: Commission steps up research funding and selects 17 projects in vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics
Following the publication of a €10 million call in January, the Commission has secured an additional €37.5 million for urgently needed research on COVID-19 vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics. This action is part of the coordinated EU response to the public health threat of COVID-19.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed the crisis in Idlib and the situation at the EU external borders with Turkey. The Council adopted a statement.

Gender Equality Strategy: Striving for a Union of equality
The European Commission presented its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe. While the EU is a global leader in gender equality and has made significant progress in the last decades, gender-based violence and stereotypes continue to persist.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Council exchanged views on the European Green Deal and adopted the EU's long-term climate strategy submission to the UN. The Council also adopted conclusions on improving air quality. Climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed ministers as guest of the Croatian Presidency.

Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: Commission proposes European Climate Law and consults on the European Climate Pact
The Commission presents a proposal to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the future European Climate Pact. Through this consultation the public will be involved in co-designing this instrument.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council adopted a statement on the situation at the EU's external borders. In this statement, the Council expresses its solidarity with Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and other member states which might be similarly affected, including in efforts to manage the EU's external borders.

European Commission launches global coalition for biodiversity
On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, the European Commission launched today in Monaco a new global coalition for biodiversity. With this communication campaign, the Commission is calling for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity.

New Eurobarometer Survey: Protecting the environment and climate is important for over 90% of European citizens
The Eurobarometer Survey published today reveals that citizens want more to be done to protect the environment, and that they believe responsibility should be shared by big companies and industry, national governments and the EU, as well as citizens themselves.

Commission reports on progress made by Albania and North Macedonia

Coronavirus response
The European Commission is working on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes ongoing coordination with Member States to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent EU-wide response.

EU4FairWork: Commission launches campaign to tackle undeclared work
The Commission is launching today the first European campaign for declared work. It will work hand in hand with the European Platform tackling undeclared work and the European Labour Authority. The initiative intends to raise awareness amongst workers, companies and policymakers that undeclared work does not pay off.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council adopted a set of conclusions in the context of its better regulation agenda. These conclusions touch upon the quality of impact assessments, the need for policymakers to take into account the particular interests of small and medium-size enterprises, starts-ups and micro enterprises, as well as to improve methods of checking whether existing EU laws remain fit-for-purpose.

Winter Package puts competitive sustainability at the heart of the European Semester
The Commission has published country reports analysing each Member State's key socio-economic challenges. The analysis in the country reports reflects the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy, presented in December 2019, focusing on competitive sustainability with the aim to build an economy that works for people and the planet.

EU-UK relations: Council gives go-ahead for talks to start and adopts negotiating directives
The Council adopted a decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the UK, and formally nominating the Commission as EU negotiator. The Council also adopted negotiating directives which constitute a mandate to the Commission for the negotiations.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council exchanged views on relations with the UK and adopted the negotiating mandate for the upcoming talks. Ministers also prepared for the March European Council, discussed plans for legislative work and heard presentations by the Commission on the revised enlargement methodology and the new European rule of law mechanism.

COVID-19: EU working on all fronts, €232 million for global efforts to tackle outbreak
The European Commission is working around the clock to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 20 and 21 February, EU heads of state or government met in Brussels to discuss the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027. Following intense negotiations, it became evident that it was not possible to reach an agreement and more time was needed.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
Education ministers adopted a resolution on education and training in the European Semester and held a public debate on the topic of 'brain circulation'.

Shaping Europe's digital future: Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence
The Commission unveils its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted a revised list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. The Commission presented its review of the EU economic governance. The ministers also discussed the European Semester 2020 and the EU budget for 2021.

EU invests more than €100 million in new LIFE Programme projects to promote a green and climate-neutral Europe
The European Commission announced an investment of €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. The funding will support 10 large-scale environment and climate projects in nine Member States, helping Europe's transition to a sustainable economy and climate neutrality.

Main results of the General Affairs Council meeting

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council exchanged views on current affairs, Libya and EU-African Union relations. Over an informal lunch ministers discussed EU-India relations with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Plenary highlights: EU long-term budget, trade with Vietnam, EU-UK relations
MEPs demanded an ambitious EU long-term budget, approved free trade deals with Vietnam and set out their position on future EU-UK relations during this week's plenary session.

Winter 2020 Economic Forecast: Offsetting forces confirm subdued growth
The Winter 2020 Economic Forecast published today projects that the European economy is set to continue on a path of steady, moderate growth. The euro area has now enjoyed its longest period of sustained growth since the euro was introduced in 1999.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Health)
An extraordinary Council gathered health ministers to have an exchange of views and adopt conclusions in relation to the COVID-19.

EU-UK future relations: “level playing field” crucial to ensure fair competition

February infringements package: key decisions

More than money: the long-term EU budget is a tool for Europe’s future
MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its consent to a budget that meets the European Union’s ambitions, in a debate on EU funding for 2021-2027.

Parliament approves EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection deals
The EU-Vietnam trade agreement, the “most modern and ambitious agreement ever concluded between the EU and a developing country”, got Parliament’s backing on Wednesday.

Trade preferences boost developing countries' exports to the European Union
Exports to the European Union from developing countries using special tariff preferences under the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) reached a new high of €69 billion in 2018.

A more credible, dynamic, predictable and political EU accession process - Commission lays out its proposals
The European Commission put forward a proposal to drive forward the EU accession process, by making it more credible, with a stronger political steer, more dynamic and predictable.

Commission presents review of EU economic governance and launches debate on its future
The Commission presents a review of the effectiveness of the economic surveillance framework and launches a public debate on its future.

European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund
The BlueInvest Fund will be managed by the European Investment Fund and will provide financing to underlying equity funds that strategically target and support the innovative blue economy.

European Commission launches EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
Today, on World Cancer Day, the European Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action.

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission takes first step to launch negotiations with the United Kingdom
The European Commission has issued a recommendation to the Council to open negotiations on a new partnership with the United Kingdom. This recommendation is based on the existing European Council guidelines and conclusions, as well as on the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the United Kingdom in October 2019.

Trade: First year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement shows growth in EU exports
1 February 2020 marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). In the first ten months following the implementation of the agreement, EU exports to Japan went up by 6.6% compared to the same period the year before.

Antitrust: Commission fines NBCUniversal €14.3 million for restricting sales of film merchandise products

Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer
The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest. There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in a resolution.

European Commission 2020 Work Programme: An ambitious roadmap for a Union that strives for more
The European Commission adopted its 2020 Work Programme. It sets out the actions the Commission will take in 2020 to turn the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen into tangible benefits for European citizens, businesses and society.

Secure 5G networks: Commission endorses EU toolbox and sets out next steps
The Commission is endorsing the joint toolbox of mitigating measures agreed by EU Member States to address security risks related to the rollout of 5G, the fifth-generation of mobile networks.

Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament
The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions.

Erasmus+ and its predecessors: a life-changing experience for 10 million young Europeans
The 2018 annual report on Erasmus+, published today, shows that over the last three decades, more than 10 million people have participated in what turned out to be a life-changing experience for many of them.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council exchanged views on the European Green Deal and the regulation on CAP transitional rules.

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe
The Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020 and run for two years. The Communication adopted is the Commission's contribution to the already lively debate around the Conference on the Future of Europe – a project announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her Political Guidelines, to give Europeans a greater say on what the European Union does and how it works for them.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) discussed digital taxation and the European Green Deal. It also kick-started the 2020 European Semester exercise.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, including the latest developments regarding Libya. Foreign ministers also exchanged views on the Sahel and climate diplomacy. Over a working lunch ministers discussed the Middle East peace process and issues concerning the wider region.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Plenary highlights: European Green Deal, future of Europe, Brexit
During the first plenary session of 2020, Parliament called for more ambitious measures to tackle climate change and to put citizens at the centre of an initiative to reform the EU.

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level
MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens' rights
Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection.

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions
MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary debate in December.

Financing the green transition: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented today will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions
The Commission presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, focusing on Libya, and exchanged views on recent events in Iraq with a view to finding ways to de-escalate tensions in the region.

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets
The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, EU Ombudsman, pollinators
The 2019 Sakharov Prize award ceremony, the election of the new EU Ombudsman and a debate on the decline of bees topped the agenda of the December plenary session in Strasbourg.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions on biodiversity. Ministers spelled out member states' views on the commitments and actions needed in EU environment and climate policy 2019-2024, including the European Green Deal.

Ten years of the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
MEPs celebrated the reforms that enhanced democracy and expanded people’s rights in the EU with Presidents Sassoli, Michel and von der Leyen.

Parliament backs measures to cut e-commerce VAT fraud
MEPs supported measures designed to fight e-commerce VAT evasion that would help cut some of the €137 billion lost each year across the EU to VAT fraud.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Stop Finning – Stop the trade' initiative

European Semester Autumn Package: Creating an economy that works for people and the planet
The von der Leyen Commission launches a new European Semester cycle, the first of its mandate. It presents an ambitious, rebooted growth strategy focused on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached a political agreement on catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2020 and agreed on a general approach on a crisis package for Baltic Sea fisheries. The Council also had an exchange of views on a progress report on the post-2020 CAP reform package.

Main results of the European Council
On 12 December, EU leaders discussed climate change, the EU's long-term budget and external relations, among other issues. On 13 December, they met again to talk about the economic and monetary union and Brexit.

Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe's interests in international trade
The European Commission unveiled a proposal that will allow the European Union to protect its trade interests despite the paralysis of the multilateral dispute settlement system in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050
The European Commission presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

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Chinese medical team in Iraq plans to enter Kurdistan region for epidemic fight

Inadequate understanding, disrupted transportation hinder China's testing kits exports

Beijing ready to welcome more domestic returnees with comprehensive local efforts

Strictest foreigner entry policy proactive to cutting infections

China will help, US needs to act: Xi to Trump

Students of Guizhou University engage in a drill for a return to school after the COVID-19 outbreak

Virus-plagued US still playing politics: Global Times editorial

Children of a Danish diplomat warned for breaking quarantine rules

Rising infections force US warship into maintenance: analysts

Regardless of speaker's intentions, 'Chinese virus' is racist

Neoliberalism aids rapid spread of virus

Road to recovery

Huoshenshan Hospital designers receive foreign inquiries for experience

Chinese fans to give surprise celebration of Lisa's birthday

Belt and Road News Network calls for solidarity and cooperation on COVID-19 coverage

Epidemic affects Chinese students' choice of country for study abroad

Next US bear market will be worst of my life: Jim Rogers

G20 members form united front against COVID-19

Peru tries to save bats blamed for coronavirus

Singapore's GDP contracts sharply - a warning for virus-hit global economy

China must prepare for shocks as massive US rescue package adds urgency

China keeps global supply chain running

Xingyi city's ring-road project makes progress

Russian decree gounds flights; closes borders to foreigners

Frontline testing in West Java

Lianyungang factory makes masks amid COVID-19 pandemic

Vaccine pursuer dedicated to finding bio shield against possible germ warfare

Technology helps megacities implement stricter supervision of home isolation

Washington's Huawei indecision shows company's strength: analysts

Food supply sufficient despite some import disruptions: experts

Netizens in China amazed to learn charts of UK's COVID-19 cases being produced by Chinese student in Britain

Dongguan factories reel from cancellations amid coronavirus

Pandemic brings robots to the rescue

New Zealand mosque shooter pleads guilty before trial

Ventilator, components makers ramp up exports to meet global demand

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Climate change worsening humidity

UK top source of imported COVID-19 cases in China

Bangkok delivery workers practice social distancing

China air regulator further cuts international flights

Beijing to tighten rules against uncivilized behaviors amid COVID-19 epidemic

Wuhan's Huoshenshan Hospital a symbol of Chinese spirit

Beijing hospitals plan to set up police rooms to prevent violent incidents

Chinese adaptation of BL web novel promotes China's traditional Peking Opera

15 payment institutions gain cross-border settlement licenses in China

Social media sees virus solidarity bloom in UK

Epidemic prompts Beijing to ban hunting and consumption of wild animals

Egypt disinfects landmark museum as virus fears grow