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A job seeker speaks with Blake Wittman (R), European Business Director of GoodCall recruitment agency, during a job interview conducted in a park amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions in Prague, Czech Republic.(Reuters)

'At 6 pm, life stops': Europe uses curfews to fight coronavirus

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 02:24 PM IST
Big chunks of eastern France, including most of its regions that border Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, face 6 pm-to-6 am restrictions on movement.
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A passenger looks at a flight board at Fiumicino airport after the Italian government announced all flights to and from the UK will be suspended over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease in Rome, Italy.(REUTERS)
A passenger looks at a flight board at Fiumicino airport after the Italian government announced all flights to and from the UK will be suspended over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease in Rome, Italy.(REUTERS)

Coronavirus: Strain in Italy, Netherlands, Denmark... as far as Australia

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:02 AM IST
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Italy all announced restrictions on UK travel, hours after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Christmas shopping and gatherings in southern England must be cancelled because of rapidly spreading infections blamed on the new coronavirus variant.
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Belgium bars travel from UK over new coronavirus strain(Reuters)
Belgium bars travel from UK over new coronavirus strain(Reuters)

Belgium to close borders for UK to prevent importing new coronavirus strain

By Reuters | Posted by Nishtha Grover | Brussels
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 07:16 PM IST
A new and more infectious strain of the novel coronavirus has been detected in the United Kingdom and as a result Belgium has banned all travel from Britain. Belgium is the second country, after Netherlands, to take such a step.
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A passenger wearing a protective suit pushes a luggage cart at Frankfurt International Airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany.(AFP)
A passenger wearing a protective suit pushes a luggage cart at Frankfurt International Airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany.(AFP)

Germany mulls banning flights from UK over new Covid-19 strain fears

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:17 PM IST
A health ministry spokesman said the government in Berlin was monitoring developments in Britain very closely and working at “high pressure” to evaluate the new information and data regarding the new strain.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks with staff during a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Science Park near Salisbury on October 15.(Reuters file)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks with staff during a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Science Park near Salisbury on October 15.(Reuters file)

Queen Elizabeth, 94, to be among first to receive Covid-19 vaccine in UK

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 05:09 PM IST
Anti-vaccine claims on social media and elsewhere are among major obstacles faced by the UK’s health officials planning the biggest mass vaccination programme in the country’s history. Leading figures such as Queen Elizabeth taking the vaccine is expected to help overcome anxieties.
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Family members stand on either side of the plastic sheet to interact.(REUTERS)
Family members stand on either side of the plastic sheet to interact.(REUTERS)

Thanks to ‘hug bubble’ elderly people can now embrace their family members while maintaining safety

By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | Jeumont, France
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 10:18 PM IST
The “hug bubble” allows care home residents, isolated from the outside world to protect them the virus, to hold hands and embrace visiting relatives.
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Customers enjoy dinner sitting inside a motorhome camper parked at the Belgian restaurant Matthias And Sea, despite the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Tarcienne, Belgium.(REUTERS)
Customers enjoy dinner sitting inside a motorhome camper parked at the Belgian restaurant Matthias And Sea, despite the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Tarcienne, Belgium.(REUTERS)

Meals on wheels: Belgian restaurant serves diners in camper van admit lockdown restrictions

By Reuters | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja | Tarcienne, Belgium
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 03:04 PM IST
People can rent a vehicle or bring their own, park up outside the “Matthias and Sea” restaurant and wait for masked staff to bring the food over from the kitchens.
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Belgium has reported more than 16,500 deaths linked to the virus during two surges in the spring and the fall(AP)
Belgium has reported more than 16,500 deaths linked to the virus during two surges in the spring and the fall(AP)

Non-essential shops reopen in Belgium as coronavirus infection rates drop

By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Belgium
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 04:18 PM IST
Experts say wearing masks and practising social distancing will be essential in containing the spreading of the virus when shopping returns to a sense of normalcy. Despite the intense infections and deaths the country has seen, people still gather in large numbers and many do not wear masks
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With nothing on their agendas for months to come, organizers of music festivals in Belgium want to use their know-how to help the coronavirus vaccination campaign. The Belgian government has set up the goal to vaccine about 70 percent of the country's population, the equivalent of eight million people, when efficient COVID-19 shots become available.(AP)
With nothing on their agendas for months to come, organizers of music festivals in Belgium want to use their know-how to help the coronavirus vaccination campaign. The Belgian government has set up the goal to vaccine about 70 percent of the country's population, the equivalent of eight million people, when efficient COVID-19 shots become available.(AP)

Music festival organizers offer to help with Belgium’s vaccination campaign

By Associated Press | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja | Brussels
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:27 PM IST
Enjoying a strong reputation in the music world, Belgian festival experts have proven experience in both building huge pop-up structures and in crowd management.
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IBM’s star has faded over the years as its legacy in mainframe computing and IT services fell behind while newer technology firms like Amazon.com Inc. swooped in to dominate the emerging cloud-computing market.(Reuters File Photo)
IBM’s star has faded over the years as its legacy in mainframe computing and IT services fell behind while newer technology firms like Amazon.com Inc. swooped in to dominate the emerging cloud-computing market.(Reuters File Photo)

IBM planning about 10,000 job cuts in Europe ahead of unit sale

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 05:44 PM IST
Hardest hit will be IBM’s legacy IT services business, which handles day-to-day infrastructure operations, such as managing client data centers and traditional information-technology support for installing, operating and repairing equipment.
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Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside of the conference centre where Brexit trade deal negotiations are taking place in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside of the conference centre where Brexit trade deal negotiations are taking place in London, Britain.(REUTERS)

EU warns UK hasn’t compromised enough for Brexit trade deal

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 04:10 PM IST
At a meeting in Brussels on Friday, envoys from the EU’s 27 member states were told that progress has been slow, and negotiations could now slip into December, according to people in the meeting who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
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Carlo Gyselbrecht, co-owner of Pipa, a Belgian auction house for racing pigeons, shows a two-year old female pigeon named New Kim after an auction in Knesselare, Belgium, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. A pigeon racing fan has paid a world record 1.6 million euros for the Belgian-bred bird, New Kim, in the once-quaint sport that seemed destined for near extinction only a few years back, people pay big money for the right bird.(AP)
Carlo Gyselbrecht, co-owner of Pipa, a Belgian auction house for racing pigeons, shows a two-year old female pigeon named New Kim after an auction in Knesselare, Belgium, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. A pigeon racing fan has paid a world record 1.6 million euros for the Belgian-bred bird, New Kim, in the once-quaint sport that seemed destined for near extinction only a few years back, people pay big money for the right bird.(AP)

Chinese bidders buy 2-year-old Belgian racing pigeon for record price of $1.9 million

By Associated Press | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | HALLE, Belgium
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 10:46 AM IST
A wealthy Chinese pigeon racing fan put down a record price of 1.6 million euros ($1.9 million) for the Belgian-bred bird.
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Italy's Domenico Berardi celebrates scoring their second goal.(REUTERS)
Italy's Domenico Berardi celebrates scoring their second goal.(REUTERS)

Italy back in contention; England out of Nations League

By Associated Press | ROME
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 08:49 AM IST
An Italy squad badly hit by the coronavirus still managed to beat Poland 2-0 on Sunday, putting the Azzurri in control of their group, while England was beaten 2-0 by top-ranked Belgium.
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Manager Gareth Southgate talks to the media after the match.(REUTERS)
Manager Gareth Southgate talks to the media after the match.(REUTERS)

Southgate backs Grealish, Mount to shine together for England

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 12:04 PM IST
Southgate had benched Grealish for last month’s Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark but handed the Aston Villa man his second England start, playing him in an advanced role on the left with Mount keeping his place in midfield.
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Belgium's Michy Batshuayi jubilates after scoring his sides second goal during an international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Power stadium in Leuven.(AP)
Belgium's Michy Batshuayi jubilates after scoring his sides second goal during an international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Power stadium in Leuven.(AP)

Batshuayi nets 2 as Belgium beats Switzerland 2-1

By Press Trust of India | Leuven
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 10:33 AM IST
The Crystal Palace forward showed clinical efficiency to convert Belgium’s two best chances in the second half after Switzerland deservedly took the lead with an early goal that rewarded its intense pressing.
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China bars arrivals from France over virus fears(Twitter/BorderAdvisor/OpdWorld)
China bars arrivals from France over virus fears(Twitter/BorderAdvisor/OpdWorld)

Covid-19: China tightens travel restrictions, bans arrivals from France after Britain, India, Belgium and the Philippines

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Beijing
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:22 AM IST
China tightens requirements for travellers and makes entry much more difficult with strict new rules and effective ban on non-Chinese arrivals, adds France to the list of ban after Britain, India, Belgium and the Philippines
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Britain and Austria will follow suit later in the week, closing restaurants, bars and non-essential shops.(Unsplash)
Britain and Austria will follow suit later in the week, closing restaurants, bars and non-essential shops.(Unsplash)

Germany starts ‘wave-breaker’ shutdown as Europe locks down

By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Berlin
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 09:51 PM IST
Several European countries are tightening restrictions this week, starting with a partial shutdown Monday in Germany.
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Empty tables are pictured in front of the bull and bear statues outside Frankfurt's stock exchange as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak continues in Frankfurt, Germany on October 29, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Empty tables are pictured in front of the bull and bear statues outside Frankfurt's stock exchange as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak continues in Frankfurt, Germany on October 29, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 05:09 AM IST
The second wave of Covid-19 infections in Europe has been gathering momentum for weeks now.
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A beggar kneels in front of a closed restaurant in downtown Prague, Czech Republic. The coronavirus pandemic is gathering strength again in Europe and, with winter coming, its restaurant industry is struggling.(AP)
A beggar kneels in front of a closed restaurant in downtown Prague, Czech Republic. The coronavirus pandemic is gathering strength again in Europe and, with winter coming, its restaurant industry is struggling.(AP)

Coronavirus is pummeling Europe’s eateries — and winter is coming

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Belgium
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 05:16 PM IST
More than just jobs and revenue are at stake — restaurants lie at the heart of European life. Their closures are threatening the social fabric by shutting the places where neighbors mix, extended families gather and the seeds of new families are sown.
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In picture - Man wearing a face mask walks past a terrace on Brussels Grand Place(REUTERS)
In picture - Man wearing a face mask walks past a terrace on Brussels Grand Place(REUTERS)

Expert warns of full lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge in Belgium

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Brussels
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2020 02:24 PM IST
A senior virologist said Belgium could be returning to full lockdown if there is no reversal of the surge in infections and hospital admissions.
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Experts said that the new grim milestone in global cases is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world.(Reuters)
Experts said that the new grim milestone in global cases is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world.(Reuters)

World struggles as Covid-19 infections cross 40 million

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London/Geneva
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 05:27 AM IST
With cases soaring in all but eight of its 50 states, the US homeland security department announced that its land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to all non-essential travel till November 21.
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Finland's prime Mminister Sanna Marin arriving for an EU summit in Brussels (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)
Finland's prime Mminister Sanna Marin arriving for an EU summit in Brussels (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Finnish PM Sanna Marin leaves EU summit as ‘precautionary’ measure

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Brussels
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 03:59 PM IST
This comes after EU president Ursula von der Leyen left the summit venue in Brussels shortly after the meeting began because one of her close staffers tested positive for Covid-19.
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A woman walks in from of a mural painting of a nurse, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday. Coronavirus infections are surging again in the Italian northern region where the pandemic first took hold in Europe, putting pressure again on hospitals and health care workers.(AP file photo for representation)
A woman walks in from of a mural painting of a nurse, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday. Coronavirus infections are surging again in the Italian northern region where the pandemic first took hold in Europe, putting pressure again on hospitals and health care workers.(AP file photo for representation)

Restrictions back in Europe as coronavirus cases surge

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON OCT 15, 2020 03:15 PM IST
New infections have surged across Europe over recent weeks, The Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, France and Britain are among the countries causing particular concern
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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne in action(Action Images via Reuters)
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne in action(Action Images via Reuters)

De Bruyne pulls out of Belgium squad with unspecified injury

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 04:05 PM IST
The 29-year-old was substituted in the second half during Belgium’s 2-1 Nations League defeat by England at Wembley on Sunday.
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Experts said the prospect of reinfection could have a profound impact on how the world battles through the pandemic.(REUTERS)
Experts said the prospect of reinfection could have a profound impact on how the world battles through the pandemic.(REUTERS)

Covid-19 reinfection casts doubt on virus immunity: Study

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Paris
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 03:30 PM IST
A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal charts the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection in the United States -- the country worst hit by the pandemic -- and indicates that exposure to the virus may not guarantee future immunity.
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France's Presnel Kimpembe, right, and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo eye the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between France and Portugal at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France.(AP)
France's Presnel Kimpembe, right, and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo eye the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between France and Portugal at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France.(AP)

Portugal, France lose perfect records; England beats Belgium

By Press Trust of India | Milan
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 09:37 AM IST
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo had a good chance in the second minute of injury time, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris palmed away his angled shot from the left. France’s Kylian Mbappe was substituted near the end after having failed to make an impression against the Nations League champion’s resolute defense.
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Researchers have led an international study identifying the cardiac cells responsible for repairing the damage to the heart after infarction.(Unsplash)
Researchers have led an international study identifying the cardiac cells responsible for repairing the damage to the heart after infarction.(Unsplash)

Study focuses on discovery of cells that heal cardiac damage after infarction

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Pamplona [Spain]
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 06:46 PM IST
This finding, in which basic and clinical researchers have participated, will permit the identification of new therapeutic targets and the development of targeted therapies which will control the healing process of the heart after infarction.
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Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

As FIH Pro League starts, hockey to have first brush with Covid protocols

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 10:13 PM IST
The sport is gearing up for the restart of its flagship the FIH Pro League at the Düsseldorfer HC ground in Dusseldorf, Germany from September 22.
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File photo of the Belgian national team.(Twitter/Belgian Red Devils)
File photo of the Belgian national team.(Twitter/Belgian Red Devils)

Belgium tops first FIFA rankings since pandemic shutdown

By Associated Press | Zurich
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 02:35 PM IST
Rankings after the November international break will decide seedings when FIFA draws the European qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup in early December.
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A nine tons structure that can accommodate a total of thirty two guests, suspended from a crane.(REUTERS)
A nine tons structure that can accommodate a total of thirty two guests, suspended from a crane.(REUTERS)

Eatery with table suspended 50 metre above ground in Belgium reopens, pics will amaze you

By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | Brussels
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2020 01:51 PM IST
Belgium-based Dinner in the Sky involves diners strapped into seats at a table suspended from a crane.
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