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Pandemic a major blow for Airbnb

Athens, Greece | AFP |  At the foot of the Acropolis hill, in the touristic Koukaki district, the coronavirus lockdown has silenced the sound of Airbnb customers’ wheeled luggage. The tourist industry in Athens, as in many other European capitals, has ground to a halt, with planes grounded and restaurants, museums and archaeological …

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Special effects and virtual guests: China weddings go online

Beijing, China | AFP |  Like many couples in the era of social distancing, Ma Jialun and Zhang Yitong held their wedding ceremony online — but they added a twist by livestreaming the event to more than 100,000 strangers. Coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions have forced people around the world to …

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Buying pills online for an at-home abortion: a lockdown reality

Washington, United States | AFP |  One week after Sally realized she was pregnant, her home state Texas temporarily banned abortions, deeming them unnecessary elective procedures that were suspended because of the coronavirus crisis. So, the 34-year-old, whose name has been changed for this story to protect her privacy, took matters …

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Sweden admits failure to protect elderly in care homes

Stockholm, Sweden | AFP |  Bjorn Branngard’s mother died in a Stockholm nursing home where five of the eight people in her section and more than a third of residents have so far succumbed to the new coronavirus. “They didn’t have time to take care of my mother,” he told AFP. …

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China admits coronavirus exposed ‘shortcomings’ in healthcare system

Beijing, China | AFP | The coronavirus outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in China’s public healthcare system, a top health official admitted Saturday, saying that reforms are underway to improve the country’s disease prevention and control mechanisms. China has faced criticism both at home and abroad for downplaying the virus and concealing information about the outbreak when …

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Spain sex workers left to fend for themselves under lockdown

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  With the coronavirus pandemic emptying the streets of Madrid, life has become even more precarious for sex workers Evelyn, Alenca and Beyonce under the lockdown. Already extremely vulnerable and with an ambiguous legal status, many of Spain’s sex workers have struggled to make ends meet during …

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