The Locri  hospital in southern Italy, where patients are often sent elsewhere for lack of doctors, the elevators are endlessly in disrepair and the CT scan works one day, but not the next. Infiltration by the mafia, major doctor shortages, and a regional health agency hundreds of millions of euro in debt were some of the challenges the hospital confronted in 2019 – before coronavirus. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

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Six Germans were killed and 11 others injured when a speeding car ploughed into them in northern Italy. Photograph: Vigili del Fuoco/AFP via Getty

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Embrace, a sculpture where a simple closed curve separates two regions. Photograph: Prof Robert Bosch of Oberlin College, Ohio

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The mayor of the town of L’Aquila, Massimo Cialente, speaks on his mobile phone as he checks the damage after the strong earthquake hit  central Italy. Photograph: Alberto Orsini/EPA

On the morning the clocks went back, your correspondent was asleep, enjoying the extra hour, when we were rudely awakened at 7.41am. There was the (...)