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(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media briefing on coronavirus, in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/Pool via Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to stay at home over Easter despite “cautious optimism” that movement restrictions are slowing the spread o(...)

A sign that reads in Spanish: ‘Thank you #IstayAtHome’ hangs on the facade of the Madrid city hall.  Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP

The Spanish government sought on Sunday to extend until April 11th a state of emergency that it has imposed to try to control Europe’s second-worst ou(...)

Members of the military help build  a field hospital, run by non-governmental organisation Samaritans Purse, in a parking lot in Cremona, Italy. Photograph: Bloomberg

Italy recorded a jump in deaths from coronavirus of almost 800 on Saturday, taking the toll in the world’s hardest-hit country to almost 5,000. Italy(...)

An employee controls surgical masks at a leather workshop turned into a mask factory, close to Vigevano, Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s death toll from coronavirus has overtaken that of China, where the virus first emerged. Hospitals in Italy said they were being overwhelmed, w(...)

A tourist wear a protective mask as she walks in front of the Trevi Fountain downtown Rome,  Italy. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Italy’s health authorities said on Tuesday they may set up a new quarantine red zone to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Europe’s worst-hit (...)

Firefighters remove damaged trees from the road in Figueira da Foz on Sunday. Photograph: Getty

At least 300,000 homes in Portugalwere without power on Sunday after tropical storm Leslie hit the country’s Atlantic coast, bringing heavy rain, stro(...)