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Virus deaths slow in places, British PM’s condition worsens

The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York appears to be leveling off in a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., the governor said Monday – a trend that seems to have taken hold more convincingly in hard-hit Italy, Spain and France.

Virus dead in nursing homes are often its uncounted victims

One by one, elderly residents of French nursing homes are going into forced isolation into their rooms. Their caregivers are walling themselves in as well, against both the known and the unknown. They are running out of body bags.

U.S. eyes new outbreaks as infections worldwide top 590,000

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 sickened more than a half-million people worldwide.

‘We are collapsing’: 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 at the moment than in Italy and in Spain, where protective equipment and tests have been in severely short supply for weeks.

Brave new world: Wartime tactics against coronavirus foe

U.S. President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency Friday, as deaths spiked across Europe and countries around the world mobilized to slow the spread of a disease that has already infected more than 137,000 people.

Virus locks down Italy amid global push to contain outbreak

The boisterous hum of Rome dwindled to a whisper and police patrols kept people apart in cafes as Italy enforced an extraordinary, sweeping lockdown Tuesday in hopes of not becoming the next epicenter of the spreading coronavirus epidemic now that life in China is edging back to normal.

Prison riots hit Italy amid virus; 6 die in overdose

Tensions in Italy’s overcrowded prisons erupted Monday over new coronavirus containment measures, with riots in at least two dozen lock-ups and the deaths of six inmates who broke into an infirmary and overdosed on methadone.

Before Italy’s coronavirus lockdown, a dash to the last train out

I was out to dinner in the medieval city of Padua when the text messages and phone calls started pouring in: The last train out leaves at 11:31 p.m. Get back to Rome before the military blocks the roads. “The decree goes into effect at midnight. Hurry!”

In Italy and beyond, virus outbreak reshapes work and play

Italy closed all schools and universities Wednesday and barred fans from all sporting events for the next few weeks, as governments trying to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus around the world resorted to increasingly sweeping measures that transformed the way people work, shop, pray and amuse themselves.