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The warning signs had been building along with the coronavirus case numbers, but the early morning decision to order Brussels residents to wear masks caught many by surprise.

Belgium has promised every resident a protective mask from next week, when the country begins to phase out coronavirus lockdown measures.

Bitterly divided EU leaders will try Thursday to hammer out a huge coronavirus rescue package, as the WHO warned the pandemic is far from over.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will on Tuesday present the national strategy for emerging from the coronavirus lockdown, his office told AFP.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned Saturday that the European Union could lose its purpose if it fails to come up with a strong response to the coronavirus threat.

France's two-week lockdown to try to stem the coronavirus is likely to be extended, officials said Thursday as the interior minister blasted "idiots" flouting the home confinement rules.

The EU is to act "very rapidly" to help airlines struggling from the new coronavirus outbreak by proposing a law to stop "ghost flights" to keep airport slots, European

European Parliament speaker David Sassoli said Tuesday he had gone into self-isolation in his Brussels residence for two weeks after visiting his virus-struck native Italy.

At least two staff working for the EU administration in Brussels have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and are receiving treatment, European officials said on Wednesday.

European Union nations will on Thursday (Feb 13) discuss ways to increase cooperation in a bid to tackle the threat posed by the coronavirus which has killed over