# death

Moroccan Mustapha Moulay (R) prays with the president of Milan's Islamic Centre, Gueddouda Boubakeur (C), next to the grave of Moulay's wife, who died from COVID-19, in the Muslim section of a largely Roman Catholic cemetery of Bruzzano on the outskirts of Milan on June 5, 2020. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
Moroccan Mustapha Moulay (R) prays with […]

For Italy’s Muslims, lack of burial space deepens grief in pandemic

Italy's Muslim community, like others, suffered many deaths as the coronavirus pandemic hit the country hard, but compounding their pain has been the lack of space to bury their dead
Employees of the Chaudoir funeral house wearing gloves and protective face masks close the coffin with the body of a person who died of the COVID-19 in a morgue in Namur on April 20, 2020 prior to the funeral ceremony while relatives will not attend the burial for sanitary reasons. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)
Employees of the Chaudoir funeral house […]

Coronavirus: the difficult process of counting the dead

How do you count the dead? The daily count of fatalities of the COVID-19 pandemic is a sensitive business, with data often incomplete and differing methods between countries
Workers furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden are retrained to work in hospitals and care homes, in Stockholm on April 8, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP
Workers furloughed during the COVID-19 p […]

Furloughed staff in Sweden retrain to help hospitals

Furloughed because of the pandemic, airline and hotel employees in Sweden are retraining to work as hospital and nursing home assistants as the country's death toll exceeds 1,200
A general view taken on March 20, 2020 in Florence shows the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte illuminated with the colours of the Italian flag during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Carlo Bressan / AFP
A general view taken on March 20, 2020 i […]

Why Italy? Factors behind the country’s coronavirus disaster

Why Italy? Many wonder why the Mediterranean country has become the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic over the past 10 days
Pallbearers pull the coffin of a deceased person for a funeral ceremony into the cemetery of Grassobbio, Lombardy, on March 23, 2020, in the absence of quarantined relatives. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP)
Pallbearers pull the coffin of a decease […]

Anguish as Europe learns to cope with new way of death

Across Europe, grieving families are having to cope with the additional trauma of draconian restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus