Omicron variant spreads in Europe with at least 13 cases identified in the Netherland

Omicron variant spreads in Europe with at least 13 cases identified in the Netherland

As more cases are identified and governments around the world mobilize to respond to Omicron, an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers will be convened on Monday, the UK said. It also announced on Sunday new domestic public health rules requiring face coverings in shops and on public transport starting this week. Omicron was first … Read more

COVID in Europe: Netherlands closes all non-essential businesses at 5pm

COVID in Europe: Netherlands closes all non-essential businesses at 5pm

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in various parts of Europe as the cold weather has affected the spread of the virus.Countries on the Old Continent are attempting to curb the spike through various means – from a national lockdown in Austria, to limiting access to certain services elsewhere or pushing for an increase … Read more

Sweden Wants Crypto Mining Banned Across Europe To Meet Climate Change Goals

Sweden Wants Crypto Mining Banned Across Europe To Meet Climate Change Goals

Cryptocurrency mining has caused a surge in energy consumption across Europe. Faced with this peculiar challenge, Swedish authorities are asking the European Union to ban crypto mining to meet the bloc’s climate goals.Swedish authorities referred to crypto mining as “energy intensive,” saying that the rising use in energy to mine cryptocurrency is getting in the … Read more

COVID cases break records in Europe, prompting booster shot expansion

COVID cases break records in Europe, prompting booster shot expansion

Slovakia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Hungary post record daily casesSweden to roll out booster shots to all adultsProspect of mandatory vaccinations raises concernsWHO chief warns against ‘false sense of security’ on vaccinesBRUSSELS/PRAGUE, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe on Wednesday, with the continent once again the epicentre of a pandemic … Read more

Crowdcube eyes Europe after raising £10 million from crypto business Circle

Crowdcube eyes Europe after raising £10 million from crypto business Circle

Britain’s biggest crowdfunding platform Crowdcube is eyeing major expansion to Europe and could one day put company stock on the blockchain after raising £10 million from a US cryptocurrency business.US business Circle is backing the crowdfunding platform, which has helped the likes of BrewDog, Revolut and Mindful Chef raise money from small time investors. Existing … Read more

Explained: Covid resurgence in Europe

Explained: Covid resurgence in Europe

Austria re-imposed a national lockdown on Monday, as it continued to register a record number of Covid-19 infections. This is just days after it had announced that Covid-19 vaccination would be made a legal requirement from February next year. Also on Monday, German chancellor Angela Merkel said tougher restrictions needed to be put in place … Read more

Oil and euro slip, markets on edge over COVID-19 curbs in Europe

Oil and euro slip, markets on edge over COVID-19 curbs in Europe

A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, talks on his mobile phone in front of a screen showing the Nikkei index outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterBrent futures drop to seven-week lowAUD nursing losses; EUR held … Read more

Europe is learning a crucial lesson — vaccines work, but they alone won’t stop Covid now

Europe is learning a crucial lesson -- vaccines work, but they alone won't stop Covid now

Press conferences took on an almost celebratory tone as Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chancellors announced road maps away from Covid-19 restrictions, hailing their country’s uptake rates and speaking colorfully about a return to normalcy.But as another Covid-struck winter grips Europe, many of those countries are now reversing course.And Britain has endured a lengthy and stubborn … Read more

Austria locks down unvaccinated as Europe fights fresh Covid wave

Austria locks down unvaccinated as Europe fights fresh Covid wave

VIENNA: Austria on Monday became the first country in the European Union to impose a lockdown on the unvaccinated and start inoculating children as young as five after coronavirus cases surged across the continent. Infection rates have zoomed, placing Western Europe once again at the heart of the global epidemic and governments are being forced … Read more

Covid is surging in Europe. Experts say it’s a warning for the U.S.

Covid is surging in Europe. Experts say it’s a warning for the U.S.

As Europe finds itself at the center of the Covid-19 pandemic once again, experts say it should serve as a warning to the U.S. and other countries about the coronavirus’s unremitting nature. Case numbers have soared across the continent — more than 50 percent last month — and the worrying trend has continued this month as … Read more

Morocco plans additional airport COVID testing amid Europe surge

Morocco plans additional airport COVID testing amid Europe surge

RABAT, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Morocco will conduct rapid COVID-19 tests to passengers arriving in its airports and ports, and will deny access to any visitor with a positive result, the government said on Saturday.The measure, which strengthens an existing requirement of a negative PCR test 48 hours before departure, aims to protect the country … Read more

Europe becomes COVID-19’s epicentre again

LONDON/MILAN: Europe has become the epicentre of the pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns in the run-up to Christmas and stirring debate over whether vaccines alone are enough to tame COVID-19. Europe accounts for more than half of the average 7-day infections globally and about half of latest deaths, according to a … Read more

COVID-19’s epicentre again: Europe faces fresh reckoning

COVID-19's epicentre again: Europe faces fresh reckoning

Europe accounts for half of latest infections and deathsOutbreaks stir fears over winter months, economic impactVarious nations consider unpopular curbs againVaccines not the silver bullet, experts warnLONDON/MILAN, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Europe has become the epicentre of the pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns in the run-up to Christmas and stirring … Read more

US reopens its borders to Europe, the global epicenter of Covid-19

US reopens its borders to Europe, the global epicenter of Covid-19

Fully vaccinated travelers from 33 countries — including the United Kingdom and much of Europe — can now enter the US without needing to quarantine, provided they have proof of vaccination and a negative viral test.Families and friends separated since the start of the pandemic streamed into airports across major European cities on Monday morning, … Read more

COVID-19 cases recorded in eastern Europe hit 20 million

COVID-19 cases recorded in eastern Europe hit 20 million

Oct 24 (Reuters) – The number of coronavirus infections recorded so far in eastern Europe surpassed 20 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region grapples with its worst outbreak since the pandemic started and inoculation efforts lag.Countries in the region have the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, with less than half … Read more

WHO warns of rise in Covid cases across Europe for third consecutive week as restrictions are eased

WHO warns of rise in Covid cases across Europe for third consecutive week as restrictions are eased

A Covid patient breathes oxygen through a mask at the sub-intensive care unit of the Casalpalocco hospital, south of Rome, on October 13, 2021.Alberto Pizzoli | AFP | Getty ImagesCovid cases in Europe have increased for the third consecutive week, World Health Organization officials said at a briefing Wednesday, urging caution as temperatures fall and … Read more