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France records 517 new cases of coronavirus
France recorded 517 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours..

France records 517 new cases of coronavirus

France recorded 517 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours and is investigating 5 new clusters, bringing the total number of clusters in the country to 89.

The country eased out of lockdown, opening bars and restaurants from early June but continues to see hundreds of new daily cases.

Italy, meanwhile, recorded 122 new cases of coronavirus.

Both countries recorded low daily death tolls: there were 26 people who died in hospitals in France in 24 hours, and 18 people died in Italy due to COVID-19.

Across Europe, countries have been easing restrictions, but some are concerned that new clusters will create a second wave of infections.

There have been clusters reported in Spain and Germany that have led to new restrictions being imposed.

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‘It’s going to be a long haul’, says England’s chief medical adviser

Chris Whitty said they learn more about the virus every few weeks and hope that there will be more breakthroughs on treatments.

But they said although they hope vaccines and therapeutics come soon, there are no guarantees.

Making it a “manageable disease” would mean changes in restrictions, UK officials said.

Whitty said that through the winter and next spring he expects coronavirus to be circulating and the current situation to be in place.

07:37 م

US infectious disease expert Dr Fauci says ‘it will be when not if’ for a COVID-19 vaccine

The US governments top infectious disease expert told Congress on Tuesday he thinks “it will be when and not if” there will be a COVID-19 vaccine.

He added that he remains “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine will be ready at the end of the year.

07:33 م

UK officials asked about outbreaks in meat industry in several countries

The risk that meat is a vector for transmitting the virus is very low, said Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser.

He said, however, that meat factories were cold and often crowded, making it easier to transmit the virus.

Very often the area of maximum risk are “common areas or social areas,” said Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer.

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Just 340 coronavirus patients in ventilated beds in UK hospitals

Boris Johnson is leading the UK’s coronavirus briefing. There are just 340 people on ventilators in the UK down from a peak of 3,301 in April.

The average number of daily deaths this week is at 121 down from a high of 943 in mid-April.

The UK has confirmed more than 306,000 coronavirus cases and recorded nearly 43,000 deaths.

Germany imposes new lockdown measures in west

New lockdown measures have been imposed on a region in western Germany that has seen an outbreak of coronavirus infections, linked to a slaughterhouse.

Authorities initially said more than 1,550 people had tested positive for coronavirus at the Toennies slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, but by Tuesday afternoon they said the exact number was still being verified.

The governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Armin Laschet, said people in Guetersloh county for the next week will face some of the same restrictions that existed across Germany during the early stages of the pandemic in March.

These include limiting the number of people who can meet in public, and closing cinemas, gyms and bars.

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Portugal reimposes restrictions in Lisbon region

Lockdown restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus have been reimposed in the Lisbon area in Portugal.

Just as its neighbours are opening back up in the hope of saving their tourism seasons, Portugal has been forced to take a step backwards from reopening, as it currently ranks second in the EU for the most new cases in per capita, according to data collected by AFP.

Restrictions have been reimposed in the Lisbon metropolitan area, which include: the banning of consumption of alcohol in public areas, the closure of terraces or cafes at 8pm local time, and the limiting of the size of rallies.

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French contact tracing app has only notified just 14 people of coronavirus contamination risk

StopCovid has only notified 14 people that they’re at risk of being in contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, the country’s digital secretary Cédric O said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile just 68 people have used the application to date to prevent people they meet from becoming infected.

The digital secretary said the app had been downloaded 1.9 million times, but uninstalled 460,000 times.

He attributed the low numbers reported in the app to low virus figures even though France has recorded hundreds of new coronavirus cases per day.

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Tennis player Novak Djokovic and wife test positive for COVID-19

Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organised in Serbia and Croatia.

The top-ranked Serb is the fourth tennis player to test positive for the virus.

Mitigation strategies will be in place as England reopens

Restaurants and pubs indoors will be limited to table service to mitigate contact between people.

Hairdressers will be able to reopen but must use visors.

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Migrants leave Ocean Viking rescue ship in Sicily after tense wait

Issued on: 07/07/2020 – 01:46

Almost 200 migrants rescued by a humanitarian aid boat in the Medite..

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Almost 200 migrants rescued by a humanitarian aid boat in the Mediterranean Sea began to leave the vessel in Sicily late on Monday after nine days stuck on the ship.


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An AFP journalist aboard the Ocean Viking watched as the migrants, in single file and carrying backpacks, regained dry land at Porto Empedocle on the Italian island's western coast.

Police escorted them a short distance to another vessel, where they will be quarantined to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus.

The arrival of the boat chartered by charity group SOS Mediterranee capped a tense few days onboard marked by migrants jumping overboard, a suicide attempt and bouts of violence.

After being rescued in four separate operations on June 25 and 30, the migrants waiting on the ship became increasingly agitated, according to SOS Mediterranee, as the charity awaited the go-ahead from either Italy or Malta to dock at a safe port.

However, approval did not arrive until Sunday, after the group declared a state of emergency on board, adding it could no longer guarantee the safety of the migrants or the crew.

Soon after 8:00 pm (18:00 GMT), the Ocean Viking docked at the port directly in front of Italian ferry Moby Zaza, where the migrants will wait out a two-week quarantine period.

Tensions mount

Earlier on Monday, a separate group of 169 migrants disembarked from the Moby Zaza after a two-week quarantine.

Thirty of the group — all of whom were rescued last month by Sea-Watch, another humanitarian group — tested positive for coronavirus and will remain on the ferry in an isolated "red zone" area.

SOS Mediterranee spent most of Monday waiting roughly four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the coast before being allowed to dock, as it warned that tensions were rising and the long wait was "amplifying risks on board".

From the deck of the Ocean Viking, migrants who have waited for more than a week to disembark could make out both the Sicilian coast and the immense ferry, the Moby Zaza, according to an AFP reporter on board.

The mayor of Porto Empedocle, Ida Carmina, told reporters that the migrants' arrival was too much for the economically suffering community to support.

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Reaching the bottom of the barrel: Coronavirus pandemic batters European wine production

Issued on: 06/07/2020 – 09:46

It's an ancient beverage turned cultural icon, so cherished in ..

Issued on: 06/07/2020 – 09:46

It's an ancient beverage turned cultural icon, so cherished in France that the legendary Victor Hugo once provocatively wrote: “God made only water – but man made wine”. Aside from being a staple at many family dinner tables, wine is also a massive European industry – and one thats going through its own coronavirus-induced crisis. This in a sector that was already battling against 25% tariffs imposed by Donald Trump in 2019 that have seen exports slump.


Up to one third of French vineyards are believed to be in potential danger – in a sector that employs around 700,000 people in France alone.

FRANCE 24 has been investigating how winemakers have been coping – as some say they might end up forced to give up altogether.

Vincent Bouzereau, winemaker: "I think were going to have to pick up the pieces. We are all going to pay. I always say to my children, 'we can always tear up a vine, and put sheep out to graze, and then we can eat the sheep'.”

"We are farmers – thats where we began, as farmers."

Aubert Lefas, winemaker and secretary-general of the Bourgogne winemakers confederation warns that small family vineyards will go under as they do not have the resources to pay for wages and outgoings.

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Child sex abuse warning as coronavirus school closures continue

Issued on: 06/07/2020 – 09:33

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Child sex abuse offenders are "taking advantage" of the coronavirus pandemic to make and share more abusive material online. That warning from Catherine De Bolle, head of European law enforcement agency Europol. In an interview with FRANCE 24, she explains that with millions of children at home, many are going unsupervised, using outdated and poorly secured software which leaves them at greater risk from exploitation.


"You have to be aware, when your child goes on the internet, the child has access to the world – but also the world has access to your child. You have to be aware of this, and you have to protect your child in this situation."

Catherine De Bolle says that organised criminals have exploited the pandemic in other areas too, with a "huge impact" on cyber crime; with counterfeit and sub-standard goods, and property crime also singled out.

The Europol Executive Director also cautions for the coming months of economic crisis in Europe, saying that the end of the pandemic will not be the end of pandemic-related crime.

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