COVID-19: Good Friday prayer gets out of hand in locked down Italy

ROME: The mayor of an Italian town famous for its bonfire celebrations on Good Friday was forced to apologise after locals turned up to pray with the priest in defiance of a coronavirus lockdown. The southeastern town of San Marco in Lamis holds an annual ritual that...

US COVID-19 deaths exceed 14,600, second-highest in world after Italy

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday (Apr 8) surpassed 14,600 COVID-19 deaths, the second-highest in the world after Italy. The pandemic has now claimed the lives of at least 14,695 people in the United States, which leads the world in the number of confirmed...

Italy injects record US$430b into pandemic-hit economy

ROME: Italy on Monday (Apr 6) unveiled a record 400 billion euro (US$430 billion) stimulus to help businesses hurt by a month-long national lockdown that is like to run on for many more weeks. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the nation to be patient in the face of...