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(...)

Coaches carrying passengers that have been repatriated to the UK from a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus in Yokohama, Japan, arrive at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral, where they will be quarantined for 14 days to protect against the spread of the illness should any of them be infected. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Cases of the new coronavirus in Italy, the worst affected country in Europe, rose on Saturday to nearly 60, including two people who have died, and sp(...)