Record economic slumps hit Europe, virus resurges

A waiter delivers wine to festivalgoers in their designated pitches as they attend the Gisburne Park Pop-Up, the first purpose built socially-distanced outdoor festival in the UK. – AFP pic, August 1, 2020.

DEVASTATING economic data poured in Friday as nations counted the cost of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even as fresh spikes forced countries including Britain to put the brakes on a return to normality.

Six months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 17 million people and killed nearly 674,000, according to an AFP tally.

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