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Pedestrians wearing face masks walk on a street in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late Monday that the whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown from Tuesday until April 3. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Italy enters new phase after lockdown, as coronavirus claims over 29,000 lives

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 29,000 lives in Italy, bringing the total number of infections, fatalities and recoveries to 211,938 as of Monday,...
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

First easing of Italy’s coronavirus lockdown sparks worry and joy

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The first day of easing Italy's national coronavirus lockdown was marked by a mix of nervousness and optimism. Italy's lockdown, imposed on...
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Italian stocks down on Monday

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Italian stocks lost nearly 4 percent of their value on Monday, as the country started gradual reopening of national coronavirus lockdown. The...
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk on a street in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late Monday that the whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown from Tuesday until April 3. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Italy’s “prudent” second-phase quarantine rules balance economy, health

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Nearly 50 days after he announced Europe's first peacetime national lockdown to confront the coronavirus, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte revealed the first major...
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

Italy’s daily COVID-19 recoveries surpass infections as it prepares for post-lockdown

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The daily number of patients who recovered from COVID-19 on Thursday surpassed new infections for the first time in Italy since the pandemic began...
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Italy’s hard-hit region of Lombardy begins COVID-19 antibody testing

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The Italian region of Lombardy, the part of the country hardest hit by the global coronavirus outbreak, began antibody testing on Thursday as part...
Photo taken on April 11, 2020 shows an empty street in Rome, Italy. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 19,468 lives in locked-down Italy, bringing the total number of infections, fatalities and recoveries so far to 152,271, according to the latest data released by the country's Civil Protection Department on Saturday. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Italy postpones local, regional elections amid coronavirus outbreak

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Local and regional elections originally scheduled for next month have been postponed until at least September. This is the latest change in Italy's political...
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

Italy forms task force to prepare for economy reopening

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The expert task force appointed to help shepherd Italy through the gradual re-opening of the country's economy has to maintain a delicate balance between...
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk on a street in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late Monday that the whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown from Tuesday until April 3. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Italy starts paying US$654 coronavirus benefit

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At least 1.8 million self-employed people in Italy received their first monthly state benefit on Wednesday as part of a larger government package to...
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk on a street in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late Monday that the whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown from Tuesday until April 3. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Europe’s coronavirus aid plan gets mixed reviews in Italy, need for reform paramount

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The Italian government has given a mixed response to the 540-billion-euro (588-billion-U.S. dollar) package agreed to by European financial ministers last Thursday, which aimed...
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

Italy marks lockdown Easter as COVID-19 claims almost 20,000 lives

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 19,899 lives in locked-down Italy since the pandemic first broke out in the country on Feb. 21, according to...
Photo taken on April 11, 2020 shows an empty street in Rome, Italy. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 19,468 lives in locked-down Italy, bringing the total number of infections, fatalities and recoveries so far to 152,271, according to the latest data released by the country's Civil Protection Department on Saturday. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Italy registers 156,363 coronavirus infections, death toll at 19,899

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 19,899 lives in locked down Italy, bringing the total number of infections, fatalities and recoveries so far to 156,363,...
People wearing face masks shop for food at a market in Rome, Italy, on April 2, 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has risen above 1 million, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University on Thursday. (Photo by Elisa Lingria/Xinhua)

Italians enter Easter holiday resigned to quarantine limits

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Italian residents are settling into what has become the "new normal" under the rules of the national lockdown including staying at home during what...
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Fiat-Chrysler signs deal to begin producing cars as soon as coronavirus lockdown ends

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Fiat-Chrysler, the Italian-American carmaker that halted all domestic production last month amid the country's national coronavirus quarantine, has reached an agreement with trade unions...
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

Italy’s death toll from coronavirus close to 20,000, police controls strengthened ahead of Easter...

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 19,468 lives in locked-down Italy, bringing the total number of infections, fatalities and recoveries so far to 152,271, according...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

Italy’s coronavirus cases near 120,000 with falling trend in new infections

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To date, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed 14,681 lives in locked-down Italy. The number of confirmed infections, fatalities and recoveries totaled 119,827 on Friday,...
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

Italy registers 119,827 coronavirus infections, death toll at 14,681

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 14,681 lives in locked-down Italy, bringing the total number of infections, fatalities and recoveries so far to 119,827, the...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

Why is COVID-19 deadlier in Italy than elsewhere?

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As the worldwide coronavirus outbreak enters a new month, official statistics show that the pandemic is deadlier in Italy than in any other country. Some...
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Italy’s president calls on Europe to “overcome old ways of thinking”

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella used a rare national address Friday to call on Europe to change the way it deals with threats like the...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

Italy sees record high single-day deaths, surpasses China in overall coronavirus cases

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The cumulative number of coronavirus cases in Italy reached 86,498 on Friday, exceeding the total figure registered in China, according to data by the...
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Italian analysts expect G20 to push for collaboration in economy, health at special summit

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With officials from the Group of 20 (G20) countries preparing for an emergency leaders' video summit, analysts said countries hit hard by COVID-19 should...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

New COVID-19 cases dropping steadily in Italy despite death toll fluctuating

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The number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in Italy is dropping steadily while the daily death toll is still fluctuating. Based...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

Italy’s COVID-19 cases total 74,386, death toll reaches 7,503

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 7,503 lives in Italy, while the cumulative number of confirmed cases reached 74,386, Italian authorities said on Wednesday. ...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

What has caused the high COVID-19 mortality rate in Italy?

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Italy has been the hardest-hit country since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe, with the highest mortality rate and the most confirmed cases in...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

Italy records more deaths as total infections top 41,000

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A total of 427 COVID-19 patients had died in 24 hours in Italy, taking the country's death toll to 3,405, according to new data...
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Italian president urges “harmony, unity of purpose” in facing coronavirus emergency

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President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday urged Italians to trust the country's capacity to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, and to face the emergency...
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Italy’s fashion sector shadowed by coronavirus, long-term prospects still good

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Commercial activity in the economically vibrant northern part of Italy has slowed amid the outbreak of coronavirus, but its fashion industry has confidence that...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

Over 1,800 test positive for coronavirus in Italy as death toll reaches 52

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A total of 1,835 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far in Italy, up by 258 cases compared to an official...
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Italy’s economy expected to take hit despite encouraging growth in 2019

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Italy's economy emerged from 2019 healthier than expected, based on data released Monday by the country's National Institute of Statistics (Istat), but economists said...
People wear masks as they walk in Milan, Italy, Feb. 24, 2020. Six people have died and 222 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus nationwide in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, chief of Civil Protection Department and Extraordinary Commissioner for the Coronavirus Emergency, told a press conference at 6 p.m. local time on Monday. (Photo by Daniele Mascolo/Xinhua)

Italy’s confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 1,000

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A total of 1,049 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Italy, Civil Protection Department chief and Extraordinary Commissioner for the coronavirus emergency...