# Italy

A medical professional wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 carries a tank as a patient is taken from an ambulance into St Thomas' Hospital in north London, on April 1, 2020. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
A medical professional wearing personal […]

Lives behind grim coronavirus numbers

As the coronavirus death toll spirals in country after country, the sheer scale of the pandemic sweeping the globe can sometimes obscure individual tragedies
Doctor Jole Serra (L) and nurse Salvatore Sacco of the Carabinieri police provide phone support to COVID-19 patients from the office of ATS Bergamo in Zogno near Bergamo, northern Italy on March 27, 2020. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP 
Doctor Jole Serra (L) and nurse Salvator […]

‘Corona criminals’ prey on Europe’s virus fears

From trafficking dodgy surgical masks to peddling counterfeit medicines, criminals are finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, police warn
A woman waves from the window of her flat in the Trastevere district of Rome on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP
A woman waves from the window of her fla […]

Windows of hope: Life in Europe under lockdown

From the woman in Rome who lines up glasses of water to drink every day, to the British composer leading a virtual orchestra, life for Europeans under lockdown is a mix of resilience and creativity
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
Polish officials are behind the barriers at the border crossing. Poland has closed its borders to all foreigners since Sunday morning because of the Corona crisis. Photo: Jens Buettner/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
Polish officials are behind the barriers […]

European cities in standstill as virus measures squeeze public life

Different measures are being taken by all European countries amid the spread of the coronavirus across the whole continent.
An Italian soldier wearing a protective mask checks transit to and from a restricted area at a check-point near the small town of Castiglione d'Adda, southeast of Milan, on February 27, 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
An Italian soldier wearing a protective […]

Coronavirus: Europe readies plans for worst-case scenario

From calling in the army to requisitioning hospital beds, European nations are drawing up emergency plans should the coronavirus outbreak reach pandemic proportions