• Scientists identify prolific coronavirus strain which started in Spain and spread across Europe
    FRANKFURT, October 29 (Reuters): A coronavirus strain that emerged in Spain in June has spread across Europe and now makes up a large proportion of infections in several countries, researchers said, highlighting the role of travel in the pandemic and the need to track mutations. The variant, which has not been found to be inherently more dangerous, was first identified among farm workers in the eastern Spanish regions of Aragon and Catalonia. Over the last two months, it has
  • Germany and France prepare new lockdowns as COVID sweeps Europe
    BERLIN/PARIS, October 28 (Reuters): Germany and France were preparing to announce restrictions approaching the level of last spring's blanket lockdowns on Wednesday as COVID deaths across Europe rose almost 40% in a week, while financial markets tumbled on fears of the likely economic costs. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to meet state premiers in a conference call to discuss closing restaurants and bars but keeping schools and nurseries open, while allowing people
  • Europeans refocus on new curbs as COVID surges across continent
    ROME, October 27 (Reuters): European governments moved on Tuesday to set new curbs in motion to try to rein in a fast-growing surge of coronavirus infections and provide economic balm to help businesses survive the pandemic. World leaders face an increasingly difficult task holding the disease at bay while keeping their economies afloat as they pin their hopes on as-yet unproven vaccines. The United States, Russia, France, Sweden, Poland and other countries have registered r
  • Alarmed Europe prepares for more COVID pain amid rising discontent
    ROME, October 27 (Reuters): European governments prepared on Tuesday to introduce new restrictions to try to curb a growing surge of coronavirus infections across the continent and provide economic balm to help businesses survive the pandemic. Eight months into the crisis, world leaders face an increasingly difficult task holding the disease at bay while also trying to keep their economies afloat as they wait for a vaccination that should mitigate the contagion. The United S
  • Europe warns of bleak winter as second COVID wave swells
    MILAN, October 26 (Reuters): European leaders warned of a bleak winter as resurgent COVID-19 infections forced countries to impose new restrictions to try to curb a second wave of the pandemic, with the United States, Russia and France setting new daily records for cases. More than 42.9 million people are reported to have been infected by the coronavirus globally and 1,151,929​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. The United States has the highest number of deaths and inf
  • HMSI commences export of SP125 motorcycle to Europe
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Two-wheeler major Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India on Thursday said that it has commenced export of its next generation 125cc motorcycle - SP125 - to Europe. The motorcycle is exported via the 'CKD' (completely knocked-down) unit route. "The transition from BSIV to BSVI was a challenging phase for Indian automobile industry. Honda 2Wheelers India converted this challenge into opportunity to export to advanced countries and have started
  • Europe's hospitals under major stress as coronavirus cases surge
    AMSTERDAM/MADRID, October 21 (Reuters): Europe's hospital systems are at risk of buckling under the strain of soaring numbers of COVID-19 infections that have put the continent once again at the centre of the global pandemic. With case numbers that were brought largely under control by the unprecedented lockdowns in March and April now resurging relentlessly, authorities in countries from Poland to Portugal have expressed mounting alarm at the renewed crisis confronting the
  • As U.S. election looms, Europe weighs risk of a disputed result
    BRUSSELS/BERLIN/LONDON, October 19 (Reuters): With less than three weeks until the U.S. presidential election, European capitals are concerned about the risk of a disputed outcome and the impact it would have in the United States and abroad. While Democrat candidate Joe Biden leads in opinion polls, the 2016 election produced a split between the popular vote and the Electoral College. Analysts say that remains possible on Nov. 3. With Trump equivocating on whether he would a
  • Europe crosses 150,000 daily coronavirus cases mark, a week after reporting 100,000 daily cases
    Reuters Europe surpassed 150,000 daily coronavirus cases on Friday just a week after reporting 100,000 cases for the first time, according to Reuters tally, with countries such as France, Germany reporting record daily numbers of infections this week. Much of Europe has tightened curbs including measures such as shutting or ordering early closing of bars, but now the surging infection rates are also testing governments’ resolve to keep schools and non-COVID medical care goi
  • Spain invokes state of emergency for Madrid lockdown
    MADRID, October 9 (Reuters): Spain's Socialist-led government invoked a state of emergency on Friday to reimpose a partial lockdown for several million people in and around Madrid, one of Europe's worst COVID-19 hotspots, after a court had struck down the measures. The move, with immediate effect, escalated a standoff between Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's government and the conservative-led Madrid regional chief who calls the curbs illegal, excessive and disastrous
  • Europe's worst infection hotspot Madrid heads for lockdown
    MADRID, October 1 (Reuters): Madrid will become the first European capital to go back into lockdown in coming days after the region's leader reluctantly agreed on Thursday to obey a central government order to ban non-essential travel to and from the Spanish capital. In order to fight a steep surge in COVID-19 cases, Madrid and nine nearby municipalities will see borders closed to outsiders for non-essential visits, with only travel for work, school, doctors' visit
  • As COVID surges in Europe, officials warn of 'twindemic' with flu
    LONDON, September 24 (Reuters): A surge in COVID-19 cases in Europe risks becoming a deadly double epidemic of flu and coronavirus infections, EU health officials warned on Thursday as they urged Europeans and their governments not to let their guard down. "It is abundantly clear that this crisis is not behind us. We are at a decisive moment," the EU's commissioner for health, Stella Kyriakides, told a media briefing. With winter approaching in the region, she
  • Divided Europe challenged to overhaul defunct migration policies
    BRUSSELS, September 23 (Reuters): The European Union's executive launched a contentious plan on Wednesday for overhauling broken migration rules to resolve years of bitterness and provide a better welcome for refugees fleeing the Middle East and Africa. The most sensitive element would de facto oblige each state to host some refugees - something eastern nations Poland and Hungary are dead against - under "mandatory solidarity". A country would receive 10,000 eu
  • World becoming less tolerant of migrants - Gallup poll
    LONDON, September 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The world is becoming less tolerant of migrants, according to a poll released on Wednesday as Europe prepared to unveil a new asylum plan in the wake of a blaze at an overcrowded camp in Greece that left thousands without shelter. Seven European countries, led by North Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia, topped the Gallup index of the world's least-accepting countries. But the sharpest changes in attitudes were in Pe
  • Air traffic recovery slower in India than other parts of Asia, Europe
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 15 (IANS): The recovery in air traffic in India has been slower than in other parts of Asia and Europe. While traffic in China has almost reached 90 per cent of pre-Covid-19 levels, traffic in Europe is also recovering faster than in India, according to a research report by HSBC. Ryanair reported a 53 per cent year on year traffic decline in August with a load factor at 73 per cent. Wizz reported a 41 per cent year on year decline in its traffic with a load f
  • UK worried about second wave in Europe, more quarantine measures possible
    LONDON, July 30 (Reuters): The British authorities are worried about a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and will not hesitate to bring back more quarantine measures, possibly within the next few days, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday. Britain last week re-imposed a 14-day quarantine period on people arriving from Spain, a move that caused havoc to plans to reopen the continent for tourism in the summer high season. Hancock stopped short of naming
  • Pompeo says U.S. working with Europe on how to reopen travel safely
    WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States was working with countries in Europe and elsewhere on how to reopen for travel safely following coronavirus-linked shutdowns, after details emerged of EU criteria that could keep out Americans due to high rates of coronavirus infections.   "We're working on finding the right way to do that, the right timing to do it, the right tactics to have in place,&qu
  • Fearing second COVID-19 wave, Europe aims to train 'army' of medics
    BRUSSELS, June 22 (Reuters): Europeans are enjoying the gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, but in hospitals they are already preparing for the next wave of infections.   Some intensive care specialists are trying to hire more permanent staff. Others want to create a reservist "army" of medical professionals ready to be deployed wherever needed to work in wards with seriously ill patients.   European countries have been giving medics cr
  • Calls for cooperation as online child sex abuse soars in Europe
    BARCELONA, June 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Online child sex abuse has soared in Europe during coronavirus lockdowns, campaigners and lawyers warned, calling for greater international cooperation and better reporting tools to halt the scourge.   With schools in many European countries still shut to contain the pandemic, children are spending more time online, making them more vulnerable to abusers, who are also at home most of the day, human rights experts say.
  • Lockdowns may have averted 3 million deaths in Europe by curbing COVID-19 - study
    LONDON, June 8 (Reuters): Wide-scale lockdowns including shop and school closures have reduced COVID-19 transmission rates in Europe enough to control its spread and may have averted more than three million deaths, researchers said on Monday.   In a modelling study of lockdown impact in 11 nations, Imperial College London scientists said the draconian steps, imposed mostly in March, had "a substantial effect" and helped bring the infection's reproductive rate b