Millions of children return to school across France on Tuesday as the country battles a resurgence of the coronavirus.
The global caseload has just topped 25 million, but protests against confinement measures keep growing in Europe and around the world.
Socially-distanced spectators turned up to see "Le Grand Depart" in a much more muted atmosphere than normal.
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Posing as a public official, he also called nursing homes, football clubs and even the press to spread false information about coronavirus.
Politicians in Germany on Sunday slammed an "unacceptable" attempt to storm the Reichstag parliament building after a mass protest in Berlin against coronavirus measures.
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“The dynamic of the epidemic’s progression is exponential,” the national health agency said.
It was a less than relaxing summer with tensions simmering in the Eastern Mediterranean, and protests in Belarus, now EU politics must face tough talks over the EU's recovery budget, Brexit and spikes in COVID-19 infections.
Infection rates have spiked in the country to the highest level since the end of April.
France recorded 6,111 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, its highest number of infections since the end of lockdown.
WHO's Europe chief said autumn and winter would pose a "tricky situation" with schools reopening, the onset of the flu season and increased mortality among older people in winter months in general.
Russia became the first country in the world to give a government go-ahead for a COVID-19 vaccine on August 11.
The country had just closed all nightclubs and churches to curb a new wave of infections.
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The Belgian foreign ministry has banned travel to the French capital amid a rise in COVID-19 cases.
A group of youth musicians from Heliopolis, the largest favela of Sao Paulo, performed on Tuesday in the streets of the neighbourhood in an attempt to provide a respite from COVID-19.
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It comes after the WHO changed its advice on face-covering for children aged 12 or above.
Two cases of coronavirus infection in patients that had previously had the virus have been reported in Europe, one in the Netherlands, and another in Belgium.
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Britain imposed a 14-day quarantine rule on travellers arriving from countries such as France, Spain and Belgium and confusion has mounted for those looking to take a short trip to the UK and what it means for family or friends you may stay with.
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The 33-year-old man was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in late March but tested positive again while being tested after he returned to Hong Kong from Spain via Britain on August 15.