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China cluster grows as European borders reopen

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China reported dozens of new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day on Monday as a growing cluster of infections stoked fears of a second wave, while more borders were opened in Europe ahead of the summer holiday season.

Streams of people queued in a stadium as mass testing was carried out in Beijing, the capital of the country where the disease emerged late last year.

The pandemic is gathering pace in Latin America, and Iran and India have reported worrying increases in deaths and infections – adding to concern over challenges the world will face in the long fight against Covid-19.

But for the moment news has been better in Europe, which has mostly seen caseloads fall steadily in recent weeks.

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Many countries are further lifting painful lockdowns that have saved lives, but have also devastated economies and wearied confined populations.

“Very few people have been infected … it’s why I’ve chosen to travel to Santorini. Next week I’m going to Crete,” Max Han, a young Chinese tourist, said on the Greek island as he admired the sunset.

Greece is already allowing travelers from nations deemed low-risk, and on Monday it opened its borders to EU countries – as did Germany, Belgium, France, with Austria to follow the next day.

China was the first country to implement extreme restrictions on movement early this year, forcing local transmission down to near-zero as the crisis walloped the rest of the world.

But on Monday Chinese health officials reported there have now been 75 cases of the respiratory illness in Beijing where the fresh cluster has been linked to a wholesale food market.

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