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Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Ronan Glynn leaving Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Economically speaking, this is the quiet before the storm. In six months we will be in the grip of a 1980s-style recession in which about 300,000 work(...)

Italians take in fine weather  in the Ostia beach area, Rome,  on the first weekend of phase two of the easing of lockdown restrictions due to  the coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday. Photograph: Giuseppe  Lami/EPA

Coronavirus has infected more than 4 million people and killed more than 270,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University based on official d(...)

Emanuele Visigalli, who was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus and later discharged, sits surrounded by his family at home in Codogno, Italy. Photograph: Fabio Bucciarelli/The New York Times

When her middle-aged son got sick, Ruffina Pompei did what she had done for decades, bringing vegetable soup and freshly squeezed orange juice to his (...)

A woman cycling in the northern Italian city of Milan where air pollution has dropped during the lockdown

Milan is to introduce one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronaviru(...)

Giovanni Baldassini with his brothers Tony (centre) and the late Gabriele (right).

“My dad is dying.” This simple WhatsApp message from my niece in Mallorca told me what I had known for three days. My brother Gabriele subsequently di(...)

A worker checks the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a supermarket in Turin, Italy. Photograph: Reuters/Massimo Pinca

Second and third waves are inevitable and there’s no clear exit strategy without a vaccine. That’s the view of Jeremy Farrar, director of the UK’s Wel(...)

Petrol and diesel vehicles are the main producer of nitrogen-dioxide in Ireland’s air, although industry and power plants also contribute to pollution levels.  Photograph: Getty Images

Air pollution levels have dropped dramatically in parts of Ireland following travel restrictions introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Sta(...)

The research, carried out by the universities of Bologna and Bari, has raised the possibility that the Corona-19 virus cells could attach themselves to the tiny particles of soot, the infamous ‘particulate matter’ which is part of the exhaust fumes of passing vehicles

Higher levels of air pollution could be worsening the effects of Covid-19, while Italian researchers have raised the possibility that the virus could (...)

A UK government public health campaign in Piccadilly Circus as the death toll climbs. Photograph: Reuters

A total of 7,097 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Tuesday, the Department of Health said, (...)

 Researchers predict that people aged over 70 will account for 63% t of Covid-19 deaths in a country such as Australia, even though they make up just 11%  of the population there.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

In the space of two days last week I spoke to three business people who were all wrestling with the same coronavirus conundrum. Each had been slowly g(...)

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