A sanitisation operation in the streets of the Quartieri Spagnoli of Naples, to stem the danger of contagion and spread of Covid-19

Irish medicine supplies remain strong despite Covid-19, the Irish pharmaceutical trade association has said as the European Union announced a new €50 (...)

 Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio  holding a press conference with a limited number  of reporters  at the Farnesina Palace in Rome. Photograph:  EPA/Ettore Ferrari

It was a black Thursday in Italy. The country was in lockdown. Coronavirus deaths were soaring. Hospitals were overwhelmed, with more patients than av(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel: “We have to be very careful with our single market,” says Ms von der Leyen. “In the economy it’s the most precious instrument we have.” Photograph: Olivier Matthys

The European Union’s single market was under increasing strain as border closures by member states to curb the spread of Covid-19 disrupted the flow o(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen speaking in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

The European Commission has proposed stopping non-essential travel into the European Union for 30 days to combat the coronavirus pandemic, commission (...)

A healthcare worker at  Shamrock Rovers’ Tallaght Stadium in Dublin which is being used as a testing centre for Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned of an “exponential increase” in cases of coronavirus as the confirmed number in the Republic reached 223, and in the(...)

A CureVac office in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Armando Babano/EPA

The main shareholder of a German company developing a vaccine for coronavirus has dismissed a buy-up approach by the US government. CureVac, a biotec(...)

A medical assistant wearing protective clothes measures the temperature of people arriving to Czech Republic on March 14th, 2020. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has urged member states to implement health screening at their borders to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Increasing concern a(...)

Pigeons gather on Piazza del Duomo by Milan’s cathedral in northern Italy on March 10th.Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is preparing to increase Italy’s fiscal stimulus program for the fourth time in a month, officials said, after t(...)

Deserted Via del Corso in Rome: Austria banned entry to people from Italy on Tuesday, introducing checks on its border.  Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Streets across Italy were deserted as the government ordered all citizens to stay at home to curb the worst outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, impleme(...)

A military member patrols the Trevi fountain, virtually deserted as Italy fights a coronavirus outbreak, in Rome. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Brussels will consider using flexibility in state aid rules to help EU governments cushion businesses from the coronavirus fallout as officials discus(...)

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