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Nursing homes in Italy fight to survive post coronavirus

MILAN (Europe) – Italy’s nursing homes, ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic which claimed the lives of thousands of residents, face financial pressures that threaten to put many out of business and create a fresh elderly care crisis. With costs escalating because of the pandemic and new admissions to care homes blocked in regions including Lombardy, […]

Italy has come out of worst part of virus emergency – PM

ROME (Europe) – Italy has left the worst part of the COVID-19 emergency behind and as lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted the country must now enter the new phase with confidence and responsibility, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday. “We can say that the worst is behind us… we cannot stop to wait for […]

Spain revokes ban on Italy direct flights

MADRID (Europe) – Spain lifted the ban on all direct flights and ships from Italy since March 11 during its coronavirus lockdown. Travellers entering Spain from Italy will have to comply with a two-week quarantine up until a state of emergency is in place. (Photo syndicated via Reuters)This story has been edited by BH staff […]

Euro, Italian bonds cheer EU recovery fund plan

LONDON (Finance) – The euro and Italian government bonds continued on Tuesday to cheer German- and French-led plans for a 500 billion euro EU coronavirus recovery fund, though stock markets were suffering from fatigue after their best day in months. There was still a sense of optimism after Monday’s news that early-stage tests on a […]

Public masses in Vatican, Italy resume

VATICAN CITY (Europe) – Pope Francis inaugurated the full reopening of St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday and Catholic churches held public Masses for the first time in two months in the latest easing of Italy’s coronavirus restrictions. Francis said a private Mass in a side chapel where St. John Paul II is buried to commemorate […]