# Italy

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 resident walks down a corridor in an EHPAD (Housing Establishment for Dependant Elderly People) in Brest, western France, on March 4, 2020 during the outbreak of the new coronavirus
A resident walks down a corridor in an E […]

In Europe, retirement homes at risk from virus ‘timebomb’

In Italy, Spain and France, old people's homes have been ravaged by coronavirus with the elderly and infirm taking the brunt of the epidemic as it spreads across Europe
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
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