The faithful gathered at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, waiting for clergymen to emerge with the Holy Fire from the Edicule, a chamber built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after being crucified.
Chancellor Angela Merkel takes responsibility, drops plans for a five-day shutdown in Germany over Easter that prompted confusion and criticism from the public and businesses.
The coronavirus has killed over 2.5 million people and infected more than 113 million globally. Here are the virus-related developments for February 26:
Banksy confirmed the mural, which shows a sneezing woman on his official Instagram account, along with the comment “Aachoo!!”
Larger shops and those in major German cities will open later as part of an attempted phased return to a more normal existence that will also see some students go back to school from May 4.
The 25-minute livestreamed "Music for Hope" concert by the Italian tenor reached more than 2.8 million concurrent peak viewers in the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream in YouTube history, YouTube said on Wednesday.
Father Nuno Westwood carried out his Easter roadshow aboard a convertible Smart microcar speaking into a microphone.
At the climax of Holy Week for the planet's two billion-plus Christians, congregations were shuttered at home to avoid spreading Covid-19. Some US priests and pastors risked arrest by announcing they would hold public services in their churches.
The April 21 Easter Sunday bombers had targeted three churches and three luxury hotels, killing at least 279 people and wounded 593 last year.
EU countries take preventive measures to bar people from unauthorised trips during the holiday, which coincides with rates of coronavirus infection slowing in many countries.
UK PM Boris Johnson is now able to take short walks between periods of rest, as part of the his recovery, which his office said was at an early stage.
Eateries in major cities like London are turning to takeaway and delivery options to make ends meet, but are still suffering from decimated sales and worries about health risks.
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