Europe sees more signs of hope as Italy’s virus curve falls Sunday, April 5th, 2020

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, ROME (AP): Europe is seeing further signs of hope in the coronavirus outbreak as Italy’s daily death toll was at its lowest in more than two weeks and health officials noted with caution Sunday that the infection curve was finally descending. In Spain, new deaths dropped for..

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Italy cheers first drop in critical virus patients Saturday, April 4th, 2020

MILAN, (AFP): Pandemic-hit Italy cheered Saturday after seeing its number of intensive care cases for the coronavirus that stretched its healthcare system to breaking point drop for the first time. Even some of the most cautious health officials seized on the figures as evidence that the tide..

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Virus patients in Spain get five-star hotel quarantine Friday, April 3rd, 2020

BARCELONA, (AFP): An ambulance driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new "customers" -- a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine. "Good morning! How are you? My name is Enrique Aranda and I am..

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Italy mourns its virus dead at end of fateful month Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

MILAN, (AFP): Italy marked a minute of silence and flew flags at half mast Tuesday to mourn the 12,428 people who have died from the coronavirus pandemic that has dramatically altered life in the Mediterranean country. The nation of 60 million people has recorded nearly a third of all fatalities..

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Record virus deaths in Spain as world hunkers down for long haul Sunday, March 29th, 2020

MADRID, (AFP): Spain broke another national record of daily coronavirus deaths Sunday as more than 40 percent of the world's population was asked to stay home in hopes of halting the deadly march of a disease that has claimed more than 32,000 lives. A deluge of patients are overwhelming hospitals..

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Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as infection rate surges Saturday, March 28th, 2020

ROME, (AFP): Italy has logged a shocking spike in its already staggering coronavirus death toll, with officials warning the peak of the crisis was still days away, as the global infection rate surges relentlessly upwards. With more than 300,000 people infected in Europe alone, the disease shows..

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Italy is 2nd country to pass Chinese virus case total

By DAVID RISING, MATT SEDENSKY and JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP): Deaths surged in Italy and Spain on Friday, troubling new outbreak sites bubbled in the United States, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first leader of a major country to test positive for the coronavirus that has..

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Italy’s dead overwhelm morgues as virus toll tops 8,000 Thursday, March 26th, 2020

MILAN, (AFP): An overwhelmed Italian city at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday sent more of its dead to nearby towns for cremation as the country's world-leading toll topped 8,000. Officials in Rome reported 662 new deaths and 6,153 infections -- largely in line with the figures..

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Spain deaths surpass China’s as third of planet in lockdown Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

MADRID, (AFP): Spain joined Italy on Wednesday in seeing its death toll from the coronavirus epidemic surpass that of China, as more than a billion Indians joined a lockdown that has confined a third of humanity. Markets rebounded after Washington vowed to spend $2 trillion to fend off a US..

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Italy new virus infections drop to lowest point in crisis Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

MILAN, (AFP): Italy on Tuesday received more reassuring evidence that its coronavirus infection rate was slowing thanks to a painful lockdown that other nations are starting to apply at great economic cost. Health officials across the ravaged Mediterranean country are poring over every new piece..

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Britain urges public to respect coronavirus lockdown

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's leaders on Tuesday urged people to respect an unprecedented countrywide lockdown, saying that following advice to stay at home would stop people dying of coronavirus. "Unless you stay at home, then the people you love most may die," senior minister Michael Gove said in a..

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