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Belgian retirement home offers 'hug curtain' for safe embrace

PERUWELZ, Belgium (Reuters) - Residents of a Belgian retirement home are able to soothe the pain of social distancing measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic by embracing their loved ones through a 'hug curtain'.


In France's race for virus masks, old people lost out

PARIS (Reuters) - In late February, as the COVID-19 pandemic was about to hit, French President Emmanuel Macron faced a critical decision. Like most countries, France did not have enough protective face masks.


No touching: locked-down care home residents reunite with family

VILLENEUVE-LOUBET, France (Reuters) - Cecile Oury could not embrace her mother, an 89-year-old resident of a French nursing home, and they were divided by a transparent plastic screen, but they were at least together for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak.