Italy hospitals race to make room for patients

The Associated Press visited a new intensive care ward in Brescia, one of the hardest-hit provinces in Lombardy. Dr. Sergio Cattaneo, the hospital’s head of anesthesiology and intensive care, says he’s seen many changes to fight the pandemic. (March 18)

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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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Italy: residents queue for supplies at supermarket after coronavirus outbreak | AFP

Residents queue for supplies at a supermarket in Casalpusterlengo, Lombardy. Towns in the region have gone into lockdown after a sharp outbreak in northern Italy. A 77-year-old woman died on Saturday in the neighbouring town of Codogno, a day after a 78-year-old man succumbed to the virus in the region of Veneto. IMAGES

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Italy: deserted streets in Codogno over coronavirus fears | AFP

Streets are deserted and residents warned to keep out of an emergency room in Codogno, Lombardy. Three people in the town have tested positive for coronavirus. Two people have died from the virus in the Lombardy region. IMAGES N°1P75NK

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Venice votes in a consultative referendum for greater autonomy

The Veneto and Lombardy regions of northern Italy will vote on Sunday 22 October in a consultative referendum on greater financial and administrative autonomy, stopping well short of a Catalan-style full independence vote. The Veneto region, which includes Venice, is one of the richest in Italy, and in 2016 Venice sent 15.5 billion euros more to Rome than it got back in public services.

Italy’s richest region appeals for EU to lift anti-Russian sanctions

Italy’s wealthiest region is hoping to force Rome and Brussels to lift sanctions against Russia – after the majority of local leaders in Lombardy voted to repair trade ties. Tuesday’s resolution also urges Italy to condemn the EU’s policy on Crimea.

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