Coronavirus: Italy mourns its dead at end of fateful month with minute of silence | AFP

Italy marks a minute of silence and flies flags at half mast to mourn 11,591 people who have died of the coronavirus pandemic that has altered the Mediterranean country’s life. The nation of 60 million has recorded nearly a third of all fatalities cause by the once-in-a-century disease since first detecting it near Milan in late February. The day of mourning marks a month in which Italy saw more deaths from a single disaster that at any time since World War II.

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Here are the top stories for Monday, March 30th: US Navy hospital ship arrives in NYC; NY governor issues plea for medical volunteers; Spain marks day of mourning while Italy sees glimmer of hope; Organizers set 2021 date for Tokyo Olympics.

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Here’s the latest for Sunday, March 29th: Death toll in Italy continues to climb; Hospital in Spain sanitized; Pope calls for world cease-fire amid pandemic; Tribute paid to doctors and nurses in Beirut. (March 29)

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Coronavirus: Piazza di Spagna in Rome almost deserted as death toll surpasses 10,000 | AFP

Images from a deserted Piazza di Spagna as Italy’s death toll tops 10,000 despite a 16-day lockdown. Its toll from the past three days alone reached 2,520 — higher than the total number of deaths in the United States and France. Italy now looks certain to extend its economically debilitating — and emotionally stressful — ban on public gatherings and business closures past the April 3 deadline. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Belgian hospital converts snorkelling masks into emergency ventilators | AFP

Based on research carried out in Italy, the Erasme hospital in Brussels has developed a device which transforms a Decathlon snorkelling mask into an emergency ventilator for patients suffering with COVID-19, to help mitigate any shortage of ventilators during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Italy’s police uses drones to enforce lockdown | AFP

After helicopters and patrols, Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (police) is now using drones to keep an eye on the population and make sure there are no gatherings, as Italy continues its lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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Italy hopes virus eases but fears new onslaught

Doctors and nurses in Italy’s overwhelmed northern hospitals have welcomed a slight stabilizing in the number of coronavirus infections but fear the virus is still silently spreading in the south (March 27)

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Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive — 27th March | AFP

More than half a million people around the world have now contracted COVID-19. Amongst them is British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who today made the shocking announcement that he has tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile, Italy has recorded almost 1,000 deaths, the highest daily number of any country since the start of the pandemic.

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Trump says will speak with China’s Xi later Thursday | AFP

President Donald Trump says he will speak by phone with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later as the United States overtook China as the country with the most coronavirus cases. He’s asked by a reporter if the number of coronavirus cases in the US surpassing those of China surprises him, replying “China, tell us your numbers.” With 82,404 cases of infection, the United States has now surpassed virus hotspots China and Italy, according to a tracker run by Johns Hopkins University. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus in Italy: clergy pays heavy price | AFP

67 priests have died in Italy from coronavirus since the outbreak. The diocese most affected is that of Bergamo, where the infection has wiped out hundreds of people, especially the elderly. from priests in BergamoN°1Q65IP

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Inside Milan, Italy | Inside The Outbreak | Associated Press

COVID-19 has spread through Italy, killing thousands of people and forcing a nationwide lockdown. Medical experts analyzing data coming out of Italy say the United States could be just days behind in a trajectory of the outbreak. AP’s Ralph Russo dives deep into the current state of Italy with AP Milan Correspondent Colleen Barry.

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Virus pummels medics in Spain and Italy

The coronavirus is waging a war of attrition against health care workers throughout the world, but nowhere is it winning more battles than in Italy and Spain, where protective equipment and tests have been in severely short supply for weeks. (March 25)

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Coronavirus: Italian cruise ship with over 700 isolated guests docks near Rome | AFP

Italy’s Costa Cruises ship Costa Victoria docks at the port of Civitavecchia, some 70 kilometres northwest of Rome. Italy’s Costa Cruises said it was isolating more than 700 guests on board its Victoria ship after one of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus. IMAGES

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Madrid’s largest exhibition centre transforms into hospital in battle with coronavirus spread | AFP

Madrid’s largest exhibition centre is being transformed into a hospital, where 5,500 beds will be installed, as Spain ramps up its efforts to battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The country on Saturday reported a 32 percent spike in new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the national total to 1,326 fatalities, the second-highest in Europe after Italy.

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Coronavirus: Italian police enforce beach closures outside of Rome | AFP

Italian police enforce the closure of beaches in Ostia, outside of Rome, as part of one of the last measures put in place to face the new coronavirus emergency. Italy reported a record 627 new coronavirus deaths Friday and saw its world-topping toll surpass 4,000, despite government efforts to stem the pandemic’s spread.

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