Young Italians pick cows over clubbing in Italy | AFP

While her friends sleep off hangovers, 23-year-old Vanessa Peduzzi is doing a dawn check on her livestock, one of a growing number of Italian youths ditching the fast lane for a farmer’s life. Peduzzi is a trained chef, but has downed her ladles to become a donkey and cow breeder instead in Alpe Bedolo, some 813 metres (2,600 feet) above sea level, near the border with Switzerland.

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Italians celebrate lockdown’s end with ice cream | AFP

The country’s 39,000 gelato shops, which employ 150,000 people and post annual sales of 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion), are welcoming again ice-cream lovers able now to spend time outdoors after almost three months inside.

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Rome’s cafes, restaurants reopen for takeaways

Italy has begun easing key restrictions after a two-month coronavirus shutdown. 4.4 million Italians are able to return to work and some limits on movement have been removed in the first European country to impose a lockdown during the pandemic. (May 4)

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Romans cheer from their windows ahead of partial lockdown easing | AFP

Residents in Rome clap ahead of a partial easing of strict coronavirus measures on Monday after a two-month shutdown. The easing will see Italians be able to visit parks and their nearby relatives for the first time in nine weeks.

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Trump’s Dangerous Coronavirus Name Game is Part of a Long, Crazy History

For the second day in a row, President Trump opened a press conference today devoted to an outbreak that has now killed more than 200 Americans without saying the word “coronavirus.” Instead, he substituted his chosen name: “The Chinese Virus.”

Other Republicans are also racing to rebrand the virus that causes COVID-19. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called it “Chinese Coronavirus,” while Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar is trying to make “Wuhan Virus” a thing. One White House official even allegedly referred to the global pandemic as “Kung-Flu.”

The World Health Organization intentionally avoids this, and advises against any possible nickname for a disease that calls up people, places, groups, or even professions, because those names can create a stigma. Even the Trump-appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, told the House in a hearing that using location-specific labels for the virus is “absolutely wrong and inappropriate.”

There is a long, inglorious history of naming diseases after disdained groups. In 1495, Russians called a syphilis outbreak the Polish Disease, the Polish called it the German Disease, and the French and Italians named it after each other. The 1918 flu pandemic that infected over a quarter of the world’s population is still referred to as “The Spanish Flu,” even though there is no consensus on where that outbreak originated. Spain just happened to have the most reliable reporting at the time, as other countries censored their press to boost morale during World War I. Because Spain reported the first illness-related death, it got stuck with the name.

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Deliveroo driver in Rome hopes to bring joy to Italians in quarantine | AFP

For Emanuele Zappalà, a Deliveroo driver in Rome, the current quarantine is a ‘difficult period too’, but he admits that seeing a family be cheered up by the on-time delivery of a Tiramisù makes him ‘happy’.

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Italians in Rome sing ‘Bella Ciao’ as virus lockdown continues | AFP

Rome residents sing classic Italian song ‘Bella Ciao’ from their windows and balconies as the city remains under lockdown to contain a coronavirus outbreak which has killed over 7,000 worldwide. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Italians sing under lockdown | AFP

Italians sing in unison as they remain under lockdown. Italy has imposed a nationwide ban on public gatherings to slow a pandemic that has killed more than 2,100 people in the country.

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Coronavirus: Italians light candles at windows to beat virus blues | AFP

After singing at windows, Roma residents light candles to beat the social isolation imposed by the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Italy has been struck by the worst European outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with more than 17,000 cases and 1,266 deaths.

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Italians sing from their windows amid nationwide lockdown | AFP

For the third night in a row, Italians open their windows to sing together and raise their spirits amid the shutdown over the coronavirus outbreak. A series of decrees from the Italian government have drastically limited citizens’ movements, with vast swathes of the economy shut down and people instructed to leave the house only when strictly necessary. IMAGES

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Balcony sing-song for Rome residents trying to stave off coronavirus blues | AFP

In Rome, Italians take to their balconies to sing together and boost morale as the country spends its first weekend under lockdown in a bid to contain its coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES

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Italians take to singing at windows to beat virus blues | AFP

Italians are beating the social isolation imposed by the country’s coronavirus lockdown by taking to their windows and singing in unison, with videos of the phenomenon racking up thousands of views online.

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Italians sing the national anthem out of their windows in Rome amid virus lockdown | AFP

People in Rome sing the national anthem out of their windows as the country remains under lockdown over the new coronavirus outbreak. The virus, which first surfaced in China in December, has now killed more than 5,000 people, with cases around the world topping 134,000, according to an AFP tally. IMAGES

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Italians face growing virus containment measures

Italians in Rome have been dealing with growing restrictions after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered restaurants, cafes and retail shops closed after imposing a nationwide lockdown on personal movement. (March 12)

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Italians in NYC react to global virus precautions

Italians living and working in New York during the outbreak of COVID-19 worry about their love ones back home. Some question the global panic that seems to be spreading as fast as the virus itself. (March 12)

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Police checkpoint introduced outside Italian town due to virus fears | AFP

Police cars patroll the area and install a checkpoint at the entrance of Casalpusterlengo, Lombardy, northern Italy. Tens of thousands of Italians are preparing for a week-long quarantine in the country’s north as nerves begin to fray among the locals faced with new lockdown measures. Italy has confirmed 132 cases of the virus, including two deaths, and has imposed travel and movement restrictions for tens of thousands of residents in several northern towns. IMAGES

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