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Three health chiefs quit within days in Italy's toe, embarrassing government

17 Nov 2020

ROME The Italian government was left red-faced on Tuesday when a third health chief in Calabria quit in barely a week, leaving the southern region's hospitals rudderless and still lacking an emergency coronavirus plan. | Video

Italy calls in warzone doctor to sort out Calabria COVID-19 health crisis

16 Nov 2020

ROME The Italian government on Monday called upon one of the country's leading emergency healthcare experts, who usually operates in warzones, to help sort out a growing coronavirus health crisis in the southern region of Calabria.

Italy extends lockdowns to more regions, tightens curbs

13 Nov 2020

ROME Restrictions aimed at slowing a surge in coronavirus cases will be extended in various Italian regions, with both Tuscany and Campania set to be designated as high-risk "red zones", the health ministry said on Friday.

Video of dead man in hospital lavatory highlights COVID crisis in Italy's south

12 Nov 2020

NAPLES, Italy The health crisis in Italy's third largest city Naples is out of control, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday, after a video was posted on social media showing a corpse sprawled in a hospital lavatory.

Coronavirus forces storied Rome barber to hang up his scissors

05 Nov 2020

ROME In nearly seven decades in the barber business, Luigi Pinzo has seen Italy go through some bad times, from myriad recessions to political assassinations, but it took the coronavirus to force him to hang up his scissors. | Video

Italian regions angry over government's COVID-19 zones

05 Nov 2020

ROME Local Italian leaders reacted with dismay and anger on Thursday after the government singled out some regions for tougher restrictions than others in the renewed battle against a burgeoning coronavirus.

Italian minister rejects blame over handling of Nice church suspect

30 Oct 2020

ROME The Italian government was in no way to blame for allowing a Tunisian migrant accused of killing three people in a church in neighbouring France to enter Europe, the interior minister said on Friday.

Italian minister rejects blame over handling of Nice church suspect

30 Oct 2020

ROME The Italian government was in no way to blame for allowing a Tunisian migrant accused of killing three people in a church in neighbouring France to enter Europe, the interior minister said on Friday.

Europe enacts new curbs as COVID surges in absence of vaccine

27 Oct 2020

ROME European governments moved on Tuesday to impose new curbs to try to contain a rapid surge in coronavirus infections and provide economic balm to help businesses survive the pandemic.

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