Municipal workers distribute masks and gloves at the Rialto market in Venice on Saturday, as new restrictions for open-air markets were implemented by the Veneto region to prevent the spread  of coronavirus. Photograph: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

When, at the end of February, Lombardy and Veneto recorded Italy’s first local cases of transmission of coronavirus, the two regions quickly erected r(...)

Police and military checks at central station during the coronavirus emergency lockdown, in Milan, Italy. Photograph: EPA

Italy recorded its highest daily total of coronavirus deaths on Friday as the United Nations warned of a global recession “perhaps of record dimension(...)