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An elderly couple walk past a closed cafe in Plaza del Angel in Madrid, Spain | Representational Image | Bloomberg

Spanish PM says Covid infections could be 3 times higher than reported

Spain has become the first Western European nation to surpass 1 million Covid cases. Health Minister Salvador Illa said that in parts of the country the pandemic is out of control.

Move over work from home, some countries are now making room for work from luxury hotel

Since the pandemic halted lucrative business travel and overseas vacations, hotels have had little choice but to get creative in filling all those rooms.
Commuters wearing protective face masks walk along a platform at Liverpool Street railway station, in London on 12 August

Europe is losing the fight to keep economy open as virus spreads

The early sense of victory has given way to disappointment, and led to a deeper crisis with major cities under curfew & central govts clashing with officials on the way forward.
Diners at a restaurant in London, UK | Representational image | Bloomberg

‘Lockdown Lite’ is Europe’s new strategy to fight coronavirus

Unlike the blanket stay-at-home orders, the idea of ‘Lockdown Lite’ is to home in on hot spots — certain neighbourhoods, pubs — while leaving large parts of the economy open for business.
Commuters wearing protective face masks walk along a platform at Liverpool Street railway station, in London on 12 August

Why mass testing isn’t really helping Europe curb the Covid spread

Mass testing helped authorities identify thousands of infected individuals, but it also strained labs, slowed results and complicated the next crucial step — contact tracing.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

You still have jobs – TikTok reassures employees in US & Europe after CEO’s exit

Kevin Mayer resigned after only three months as CEO, citing US administration’s push for ByteDance to sell its operations due to national security concerns.
President of China, Xi Jinping | Yorgos Karahalis | Bloomberg

Mexico moves to ban junk food for children, China holds secret high-level meet & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A laser light show at Amnesia, a nightclub in Ibiza | Photographer: Leelu | Bloomberg via Getty Images

Europe clamps down on nightlife & partying to regain its grip on coronavirus

Countries like Spain, Ireland, Netherlands & France are bringing back strict travel restrictions and shutting restaurants & bars as cases have surged in the past few weeks.
French soldiers making a gas and flame attack on German trenches in World War I | Goodfreephotos

In European history, the World Wars are seen as monstrous aberrations. They were not

In ‘Bland Fanatics’, Pankaj Mishra writes how books and films portray the pre-war years as an age of prosperity in Europe. But it was full of war, racism and genocide.
Diners at a restaurant in London, UK | Representational image | Bloomberg

Europe’s summer fun unravels as travel chaos, eased measures result in Covid spike

Closing businesses and stay-at-home orders remain reluctant options given the dark economic forecast and millions of jobs at risk, particularly in tourism.

On Camera

Empty Sheikh Zayed Road during lockdown in Dubai | Bloomberg

What ails Arab economies is older than Covid-19

Dependence on oil and natural-gas exports and an over-reliance on Europe and US as trade partners have made it difficult for the region's integration into the world economy.
A motorcyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. branch on a near-empty street in Mumbai, India. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

How Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd merger stacks up in numbers

The combination would boost its assets to Rs 7 lakh crore and cement Kotak’s position as India’s fourth-largest private bank, closing the gap with Axis Bank Ltd.

Defence

A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

The 3 foundational agreements with US and what they mean for India’s military growth

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the key foundational agreements between India & US, was signed Tuesday. LEMOA was signed in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.