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Over 50% of Europe's population could be infected with Omicron in 6-8 weeks: WHO

Dr Hans Kluge, European Regional Director of WHO, told reporters in Denmark on Tuesday that more than seven million Covid-19 cases were seen in the European Region in the first week of 2022.
World Health Organization's Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said that vaccines continue to provide good protection against Omicron.(Reuters)
World Health Organization's Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said that vaccines continue to provide good protection against Omicron.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 10:32 PM IST
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Europe records over 100 mn Covid cases, more than third of entire global tally

  • The continent has once again become the pandemic's epicentre in recent months, and is battling an upsurge of cases spurred on by the highly transmissible Omicron strain of the virus.
The European region, including 52 countries and territories from the Atlantic coast to Azerbaijan and Russia, has recorded 100,074,753 infections of Covid-19 over the past two years, an AFP tally of official figures showed at 1845 GMT.(AP File Image)
The European region, including 52 countries and territories from the Atlantic coast to Azerbaijan and Russia, has recorded 100,074,753 infections of Covid-19 over the past two years, an AFP tally of official figures showed at 1845 GMT.(AP File Image)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 10:39 AM IST
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European Union drafts plan to mark nuclear gas and investments as green

Proposing rules to decide whether gas and nuclear projects can be included in the EU "sustainable finance taxonomy", the European Commission attempts at acquiring “green” investment status for some nuclear projects. 
The EU's expert advisers had recommended that gas plants not be labelled as green investments unless they met a lower 100g CO2/kwh emissions limit, based on the deep emissions cuts scientists say are needed to avoid disastrous climate change.(AFP)
The EU's expert advisers had recommended that gas plants not be labelled as green investments unless they met a lower 100g CO2/kwh emissions limit, based on the deep emissions cuts scientists say are needed to avoid disastrous climate change.(AFP)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 05:39 PM IST
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Christmas and New Year travel on high alert, lockdowns renew as Omicron spreads

Omicron infections are multiplying rapidly across Europe, the United States and Asia. Many nations are on high alert just days ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, as the latest health crisis also takes a toll on tourism industry, which had just started to recover
Christmas and New Year travel on high alert, lockdowns renew as Omicron spreads (Photo by L.Filipe C.Sousa on Unsplash)
Christmas and New Year travel on high alert, lockdowns renew as Omicron spreads (Photo by L.Filipe C.Sousa on Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 01:15 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Sydney

What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?

  • Many countries are re-imposing restrictions on everyday life amid rising infections. Here is a brief recap of what rules apply in the EU.
What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?(picture-alliance/imageBROKER/L. Steiner)
What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?(picture-alliance/imageBROKER/L. Steiner)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 09:55 AM IST
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Europe braces for more Covid-19 travel restrictions as US holds off

From a new lockdown in the Netherlands to travel restrictions targeted by several countries at the UK, Europe faces a critical week of decisions that could disrupt the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. In the US, Biden to warn the unvaccinated.
Europe braces for more Covid-19 travel restrictions as US holds off (Photo by Mark Olsen on Unsplash)
Europe braces for more Covid-19 travel restrictions as US holds off (Photo by Mark Olsen on Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 02:05 PM IST
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Omicron spread: These European countries have tightened Covid restrictions

With the world witnessing a rising tide of covid-19 variant, Omicron, several European countries have geared up for a December lockdown. 
Experts have predicted there may be more than 3,000 hospitalisations in the United Kingdom each day if a lockdown isn’t implemented by January 1.(REUTERS)
Experts have predicted there may be more than 3,000 hospitalisations in the United Kingdom each day if a lockdown isn’t implemented by January 1.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 04:30 PM IST
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Written by Vanshika lohia | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Omicron scare hampers Christmas travel plans in Europe

Europe travellers are rearranging or cancelling trips because of tightening rules amid Omicron spread. Eurostar, which operates trains across the English Channel, sold out of tickets to France on Friday before new travel restrictions to and from Britain went into effect.
A sign asking people to wear face coverings to curb the spread of coronavirus at London St Pancras International rail station, in London, the Eurostar hub to travel to European countries including France, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. After the UK recorded its highest number of confirmed new Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, France announced Thursday that it would tighten entry rules for those coming from Britain. Hours later, the country set another record, with a further 88,376 confirmed Covid-19 cases reported Thursday, almost 10,000 more than the day before (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A sign asking people to wear face coverings to curb the spread of coronavirus at London St Pancras International rail station, in London, the Eurostar hub to travel to European countries including France, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. After the UK recorded its highest number of confirmed new Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, France announced Thursday that it would tighten entry rules for those coming from Britain. Hours later, the country set another record, with a further 88,376 confirmed Covid-19 cases reported Thursday, almost 10,000 more than the day before (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 06:50 PM IST
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Russian gas exports to Europe via Yamal pipeline rise despite warning

At the German-Polish border - Mallnow metering point, saw a significant increment of gas exports, even after warnings by Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko of suspending natural gas supply from Minsk.
Pipes are pictured at a gas compressor station in Mallnow, Germany. (REUTERS)
Pipes are pictured at a gas compressor station in Mallnow, Germany. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 15, 2021 01:53 PM IST
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EU agency says Omicron cases so far appear 'mostly mild'. Then cautions

  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said more data is required to determine the severity of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) caused by the Omicron variant that was first detected in South Africa last month.
The agency stressed that the highly transmissible Delta variant, on which experts have enough data, should remain the main concern.(AFP)
The agency stressed that the highly transmissible Delta variant, on which experts have enough data, should remain the main concern.(AFP)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 07:43 PM IST
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US, Europe report high Covid-19 cases among children as Omicron sparks concerns

  • Children represented 22.4% of the weekly reported cases of Covid-19 in the US, the report further said, pointing out that the Covid-19 cases among children have been significantly high for the past few weeks.
This also comes amid widespread concerns over Coronavirus's new variant, Omicron, which scientists fear may be more infections than the previous strains. (Representational image)(AFP)
This also comes amid widespread concerns over Coronavirus's new variant, Omicron, which scientists fear may be more infections than the previous strains. (Representational image)(AFP)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 10:40 AM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

As Omicron spreads, Europe cautioned over rising Covid-19 cases, deaths

The ECDC said it has recorded at least 274 Omicron cases in 19 European countries. The agency added that there have yet to be reports of severe illness or death, but it’s still too early to draw conclusions from that.
Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 as they walk past a store decorated as part of Christmas lightings in Paris, on Monday, December 6, 2021. (AP)
Pedestrians wear masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 as they walk past a store decorated as part of Christmas lightings in Paris, on Monday, December 6, 2021. (AP)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 12:05 PM IST
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New online archive for Benin Bronzes to go live at end of 2022

  • The Benin Bronzes, which are mostly in Europe, were stolen from Nigeria's Benin City during colonialism and are among Africa's most significant heritage objects. 
New online archive for Benin Bronzes to go live at end of 2022(AP (For representation purpose))
New online archive for Benin Bronzes to go live at end of 2022(AP (For representation purpose))
Published on Dec 06, 2021 04:37 PM IST
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Published on Dec 03, 2021 05:29 PM IST
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Omicron scare: EU set to propose daily review of travel rules

The bloc’s executive arm will also call on national governments to rapidly deploy booster shots and quickly implement proposals to limit the validity of the EU’s digital vaccine certificate to nine months without a booster.
A woman wearing a face mask against coronavirus enters Saint Lazare train station in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP)
A woman wearing a face mask against coronavirus enters Saint Lazare train station in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP)
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 03:16 PM IST
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What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?

  • Many countries are reimposing restrictions amid surge of the delta and omicron variants. Here's a brief recap of what rules apply in the EU.
What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?(picture-alliance/imageBROKER/L. Steiner)
What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?(picture-alliance/imageBROKER/L. Steiner)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 03:54 PM IST
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Omicron coronavirus variant makes its way to Australia, cases detected in Sydney

Both these passengers, who tested positive for the Omicron variant, were asymptomatic and fully vaccinated. They are currently in isolation at a special health accommodation provided, the federal health department added.
People wear protective face masks in the city centre during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia. (File Photo / REUTERS)
People wear protective face masks in the city centre during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 12:04 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Omicron variant poses 'high to very high' risk to Europe: EU health agency

  • Apart from South Africa, Omicron has been detected in Israel in a person coming from Malawi as well as in Botswana, Hong Kong and EU member Belgium.
The agency urged countries to conduct genomic sequencing and contact tracing of confirmed cases, and called for people to not travel to affected areas.(AP)
The agency urged countries to conduct genomic sequencing and contact tracing of confirmed cases, and called for people to not travel to affected areas.(AP)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 04:14 AM IST
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New coronavirus variant in South Africa: These countries are banning flights

  • Experts have warned about the “unusual mutations” in the new variant B.1.1529 that has been identified in 22 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in South Africa.
The variant - called B.1.1.529 - has a ‘very unusual constellation’ of mutations.
The variant - called B.1.1.529 - has a ‘very unusual constellation’ of mutations.
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 04:12 PM IST
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By | Written by Kunal Gaurav

As Covid surges, death toll tops 1.5mn in Europe

  • The official death toll stands at 1,500,105 in a combined 52 countries since the first fatality was recorded in the region in February, 2020, the data showed.
A medical staff wearing personal protective equipment leaves the intensive care unit in one of the hospitals, which treats patients with Covid-19 coronavirus in Kiev.(AFP)
A medical staff wearing personal protective equipment leaves the intensive care unit in one of the hospitals, which treats patients with Covid-19 coronavirus in Kiev.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 05:02 AM IST
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700,000 more could die in Europe: WHO on Covid-19

Cumulative reported deaths projected to reach over 2.2mn by spring next year: WHO sounds alarm
The closed 'Christkindlmarkt' Vienna's Christmas Market and St Stephen's Cathedral Austria during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.(AFP)
The closed 'Christkindlmarkt' Vienna's Christmas Market and St Stephen's Cathedral Austria during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 06:25 AM IST
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Europe sees protests against Covid curbs

Anger surges against governments as they impose lockdowns, vaccine mandates and fines to control rising infections.
Demonstrators march in the center of Zagreb, Croatia, to protest against Covid-19 measures such as obligatory certificates for public sector.(AFP)
Demonstrators march in the center of Zagreb, Croatia, to protest against Covid-19 measures such as obligatory certificates for public sector.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 06:14 AM IST
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'It was crazy': Engine failure forces emergency landing of US-bound flight

Brussels Airlines flight 102 was en route from Brussels to New York on Friday when pilots issued a "pan-pan" message, which indicates an urgent but manageable problem, less serious than a "mayday".
Lufthansa unit Brussels Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.(Reuters / Representative image)
Lufthansa unit Brussels Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.(Reuters / Representative image)
Published on Nov 21, 2021 10:59 AM IST
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India Covid situation stable amid worrying surge in infections in Europe

  • Several European countries have tightened restrictions, with Austria announcing a nationwide lockdown, one of the most dramatic measures in recent months.
Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Austrian capital after the government announced a nationwide lockdown beginning Monday.(AP)
Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Austrian capital after the government announced a nationwide lockdown beginning Monday.(AP)
Published on Nov 21, 2021 09:19 AM IST
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Europe should not blame Russia for 'all problems': Kremlin

  • "Russia has an interest in everybody in Europe finally coming to their senses and stopping considering Russia the culprit of all problems," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AFP)
Published on Nov 18, 2021 06:52 PM IST
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European nations reimpose curbs as Covid cases rise again: All you need to know

On Friday, the Netherlands announced a partial three-week lockdown, western Europe's first since this summer.
Passengers at London's Heathrow Airport (Reuters/Image used only for representation)
Passengers at London's Heathrow Airport (Reuters/Image used only for representation)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 07:46 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

WHO raises alarm over fresh Covid surge in Europe: All you need to know

According to the world health body's regional director for Europe, the continent is once again at the ‘epicentre’ of the Covid-19 pandemic.
People wear face masks as they exit Piccadilly Circus underground station, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021(AP Photo)
People wear face masks as they exit Piccadilly Circus underground station, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021(AP Photo)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 08:46 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

‘Europe had most number of Covid cases, deaths last week’: WHO expresses concern

The United Nations (UN) health body also said that new infections in the European region, which stretches as far east as former Soviet republics in Central Asia, witnessed an 18% spike over the last week - a fourth consecutive weekly increase for the region.
Europe had the maximum number of cases and deaths due to the viral disease over the last week, with a double-digit percentage surge in each, the WHO said. (AP)
Europe had the maximum number of cases and deaths due to the viral disease over the last week, with a double-digit percentage surge in each, the WHO said. (AP)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 08:36 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi

Why is Erdogan backpedaling in diplomatic row?

Turkey's president has adopted a more moderate tone in his recent diplomatic spat with Western ambassadors. The expulsion of 10 envoys now no longer seems likely.
Turkish president Erdogan has often used international diplomatic spats to score political points at home (Vladimir Smirnov / REUTERS)
Turkish president Erdogan has often used international diplomatic spats to score political points at home (Vladimir Smirnov / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 12:38 PM IST
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What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?

  • Many countries have eased restrictions on everyday life, making tourism possible again this autumn. DW Travel offers a brief recap of what rules apply in the EU.
What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?(Maja Hitij/Getty/Images)
What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?(Maja Hitij/Getty/Images)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 08:35 AM IST
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