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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A Slovak policeman outside a house linked to Italian businessman Antonin Vadala during a police search in Trebisov on Thursday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

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A child plays with a handbag as other migrants queue to be medically checked in Sicily, Italy. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

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The Vatican Bank. From day one it was clear Pope Francis was no friend of deregulated capitalism, let alone murky financial speculation.  Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

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Pope Francis  at  St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican yesterday.  The investigator says  the pope has asked his  council of cardinals to overhaul the entire structure of the Vatican, including a review of the its economic affairs.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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The Calabrian coast where the “Gioello Del Mare” holiday village was built

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