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This is the first refusal to vaccine export after the EU introduced the vaccination supply measures overseas on January 29.(Reuters)

Italy is first to block Covid-19 vaccine export. All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:23 PM IST
The refusal was possible because of the vaccine export control measure taken by the European Union earlier this year.
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A pharmacist prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.(AP)
A pharmacist prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.(AP)

France backs Italy’s call to stop exports of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:00 PM IST
The backing from a major European Union country comes after Australia called on the European Commission to take a look at Italy’s actions.
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In January, the European Commission introduced legislation which allows curbs on exports of coronavirus vaccines if drugmakers fail to meet delivery targets within the bloc.(REUTERS)
In January, the European Commission introduced legislation which allows curbs on exports of coronavirus vaccines if drugmakers fail to meet delivery targets within the bloc.(REUTERS)

Italy blocks Astra Covid vaccine export, risks backlash against EU

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 11:03 PM IST
The decision comes after Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi called during an EU summit last week for a tougher approach against companies that don’t respect their delivery commitments.
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An empty concourse at a train station in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Italy's new government may soon seek parliamentary approval for more stimulus spending as a sluggish vaccination campaign and new coronavirus strains extend the nation�s reliance on fiscal support. Photographer: Gianmarco Maraviglia/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
An empty concourse at a train station in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Italy's new government may soon seek parliamentary approval for more stimulus spending as a sluggish vaccination campaign and new coronavirus strains extend the nation�s reliance on fiscal support. Photographer: Gianmarco Maraviglia/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

Milan shuts down schools, tightens curbs due to surge in Covid-19 cases

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:48 PM IST
All schools will be closed until March 14. No one will be able to leave town if not for business and health reasons. Milan citizens won’t be allowed to reach their holiday houses. Bars and restaurants will remain closed while shops can stay open.
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People wearing protective masks walk along Via dei Condotti street , in Rome, Italy.(Reuters)
People wearing protective masks walk along Via dei Condotti street , in Rome, Italy.(Reuters)

Italy tightens Covid-19 curbs in several regions as cases pick up

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:50 PM IST
Italy has established a four-tier colour-coded system (white, yellow, orange and red) which allows for measures to be calibrated according to infection levels, with assessments revised every week.
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Autopsies of Ambassador Luca Attanasio and Carabiniere paramilitary officer Vittorio Iacovacci are scheduled for Wednesday and a state funeral for both men was set for Thursday in Rome. REUTERS (via REUTERS)
Autopsies of Ambassador Luca Attanasio and Carabiniere paramilitary officer Vittorio Iacovacci are scheduled for Wednesday and a state funeral for both men was set for Thursday in Rome. REUTERS (via REUTERS)

Italy presses UN for answers on envoy's slaying in Congo

Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | AP, Rome
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 06:18 PM IST
  • The minister said Italy also will spare no effort to determine the truth behind the killing of Ambassador Luca Attanasio and Carabiniere paramilitary officer Vittorio Iacovacci. A WFP Congolese driver, Moustapha Milambo, was also killed in the attack.
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Italy extends non-essential travel ban till March 27 as Covid-19 variant spreads(Photo by Dan Novac on Unsplash)
Italy extends non-essential travel ban till March 27 as Covid-19 variant spreads(Photo by Dan Novac on Unsplash)

Italy extends non-essential travel ban till March 27 as Covid-19 variant spreads

ANI
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 07:40 AM IST
Italy's regional travel ban does not apply to travel for work, health or emergency reasons or to anyone who needs to travel to return home. However, travel within Italy for tourism remains prohibited till March 27 due to the spread of the Covid-19 variant.
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Luca Attanasio died of his wounds after a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy came under fire near Goma, a senior diplomatic source said in Kinshasa.
Luca Attanasio died of his wounds after a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy came under fire near Goma, a senior diplomatic source said in Kinshasa.

Italian ambassador killed in DR Congo attack

Posted by Prashasti Singh | AFP
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 06:03 PM IST
Major Guillaume Djike, the army's spokesman in North Kivu province told AFP that two others have also died in the attack. Other sources said the two were the envoy's driver and bodyguard.
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Mario Draghi, Italy's prime minister, center, prepares to speak at the Senate in Rome, Italy.(Bloomberg)
Mario Draghi, Italy's prime minister, center, prepares to speak at the Senate in Rome, Italy.(Bloomberg)

Italy's Draghi urges unity, sacrifice in fighting the virus

AP, Rome
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 05:13 PM IST
“Today unity isn’t a emotion, it’s a duty,“ Draghi said to applause as he concluded his speech. “A duty guided by what unites us all: love of Italy.”
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Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrives at Quirinale Presidential Palace, before the sworn-in of Italy's new government, in Rome, Italy.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrives at Quirinale Presidential Palace, before the sworn-in of Italy's new government, in Rome, Italy.(REUTERS)

Italy's Mario Draghi sworn in as prime minister of unity government

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 04:52 PM IST
Highlighting Italy's political instability, Draghi's government is the 67th to take office since 1946 and the seventh in the last decade alone.
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British scientists have said the variant, first identified in southeast England at the end of last year, is up to 70% more contagious than other variants, with a mortality risk around 30% higher. (Representative Image)(Bloomberg)
British scientists have said the variant, first identified in southeast England at the end of last year, is up to 70% more contagious than other variants, with a mortality risk around 30% higher. (Representative Image)(Bloomberg)

UK variant of Covid-19 accounts for 18% of infections in Italy

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 09:29 PM IST
The estimated Covid-19 reproduction "R" number has risen to 0.95 from 0.84 a week ago, the health ministry said, as officials warned that new restrictions are likely to be announced later in the day for a number of regions.
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Leonardo da Vinci’s 'Last Supper' mural reopens to art lovers with short wait(Twitter/chintskap)
Leonardo da Vinci’s 'Last Supper' mural reopens to art lovers with short wait(Twitter/chintskap)

Leonardo da Vinci’s 'Last Supper' mural reopens to art lovers with short wait

AP
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 08:21 AM IST
  • Access to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece 'Last Supper', housed inside the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, resumed Tuesday to just eight viewers every 15 minutes in the first week of reopening
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FILE PHOTO: Former European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pauses as he speaks after his meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy February 3, 2021. Francesco Ammendola/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo(via REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Former European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pauses as he speaks after his meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy February 3, 2021. Francesco Ammendola/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo(via REUTERS)

Key players rally behind Mario Draghi in Italy government talks

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 10:22 PM IST
Summoned by President Sergio Mattarella this week after prime minister Giuseppe Conte's coalition collapsed, Draghi -- dubbed "Super Mario" for extricating the eurozone from its debt crisis early last decade -- has already rallied some political players behind him.
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Pallbearers holds aloft a white casket during the funeral ceremony for a 10-year-old girl who died while participating in a so-called “blackout” challenge while using TikTok social network.(AP)
Pallbearers holds aloft a white casket during the funeral ceremony for a 10-year-old girl who died while participating in a so-called “blackout” challenge while using TikTok social network.(AP)

TikTok agrees to block users in Italy who say they are under 13 after girl dies

Reuters, Milan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 08:57 PM IST
Prosecutors in Palermo are investigating that case, which has led to increased scrutiny of children's use of social media platforms.
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FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk along Via dei Condotti street , in Rome, Italy. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk along Via dei Condotti street , in Rome, Italy. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo

Italy awaits return of tourists as Covid restrictions eased, coffee bars reopen

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 10:12 AM IST
After severe curbs over the Christmas and New Year period, two-thirds of Italy was declared a "yellow zone" allowing bars in those less risky areas to serve customers at counters and tables again instead of offering only take-away in plastic cups.
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AIFA noted "a level of uncertainty" about claims of the jab's effectiveness in people over the age of 55, because the age group was "poorly represented" in trials.(Reuters)
AIFA noted "a level of uncertainty" about claims of the jab's effectiveness in people over the age of 55, because the age group was "poorly represented" in trials.(Reuters)

Italy: Medicines agency cautious on AstraZeneca's Covid-19 jab for over 55s

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 12:37 AM IST
AIFA's decision comes a day after the European Union gave the green light for the jab, but Germany's vaccine commission recommended against using it on older people amid questions over its effectiveness that have been rejected by the company.
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Conte, still backed by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party, is hoping to get a fresh mandate, but the prospect is far from certain unless he patches up his rupture with Renzi.(REUTERS)
Conte, still backed by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party, is hoping to get a fresh mandate, but the prospect is far from certain unless he patches up his rupture with Renzi.(REUTERS)

Italy opposition right calls for elections to solve political crisis

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 10:22 PM IST
Conte, now acting as caretaker, was unseated when former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party from the coalition, depriving it of a parliamentary majority and throwing Italy into political limbo during the coronavirus crisis.
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Italy has also asked the European Commission to take action against Pfizer, which has said it is slowing supplies to Europe.(Reuters file photo)
Italy has also asked the European Commission to take action against Pfizer, which has said it is slowing supplies to Europe.(Reuters file photo)

Italy to get 20% fewer Moderna Covid-19 vaccines from February 7

Reuters, Milan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 05:20 PM IST
Italy has the second highest toll of Covid-19 deaths in Europe after Britain.
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The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters in New York, US.(Reuters/ File photo)
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters in New York, US.(Reuters/ File photo)

UN experts fault Italy in drownings of over 200 migrants

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 08:09 PM IST
The Human Rights Committee also called on Italian authorities to “proceed with an independent and timely investigation and to prosecute those responsible” for the deaths.
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Archeological findings are displayed at the museum Antiquarium in Pompeii, southern Italy, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Decades after suffering bombing and earthquake damage, Pompeii's museum is back in business, showing off exquisite finds from excavations of the ancient Roman city. Officials of the archaeological park of the ruins of the city destroyed in 79 A.D. by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius inaugurated the museum on Monday. (AP)
Archeological findings are displayed at the museum Antiquarium in Pompeii, southern Italy, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Decades after suffering bombing and earthquake damage, Pompeii's museum is back in business, showing off exquisite finds from excavations of the ancient Roman city. Officials of the archaeological park of the ruins of the city destroyed in 79 A.D. by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius inaugurated the museum on Monday. (AP)

Pompeii's museum reborn to show off intriguing finds from excavation site

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:55 AM IST
The Antiquarium's displays also document Pompeii's history as a settlement several centuries before it became a flourishing Roman city.
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Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy(Twitter)
Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy(Twitter)

Italian king's heir apologises for monarchy's Holocaust role

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:06 PM IST
"I condemn the 1938 racial laws, all of whose weight I still feel on my shoulders to this day, and with me the whole royal house," 48-year-old Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy said of his great-grandfather.
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A volunteer who assists medical workers receives a dose of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Misericordia hospital in Grosseto, Italy, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/Files(REUTERS)
A volunteer who assists medical workers receives a dose of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Misericordia hospital in Grosseto, Italy, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/Files(REUTERS)

Italy to rethink Covid-19 vaccine roll out if supply problems persist

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 09:22 PM IST
The country already had to cut its daily inoculations by more than two thirds because of delays in deliveries of shots from Pfizer Inc, the head of Italy's higher health council Franco Locatelli said.
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The privacy watchdog told TikTok on Friday to block the accounts of users in the country whose age it couldn’t verify at least until Feb. 15, according to a statement by the regulator.(AP)
The privacy watchdog told TikTok on Friday to block the accounts of users in the country whose age it couldn’t verify at least until Feb. 15, according to a statement by the regulator.(AP)

TikTok reviews Italian data watchdog’s order to block accounts

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 04:50 PM IST
The strengthening of rules came after a 10-year-old girl died of asphyxiation in Palermo, Sicily, while taking part in a so-called blackout challenge on TikTok, the news agency cited her parents as saying.
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Now that we are all agreed that Tik Tok is A Bad Thing, where do we go next? (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Now that we are all agreed that Tik Tok is A Bad Thing, where do we go next? (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Italy probes TikTok 'blackout challenge' death of 10-year-old girl

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 10:22 PM IST
The girl died in a Palermo hospital after being discovered Wednesday by her five-year-old sister in her family bathroom with her cellphone, which was seized by police.
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Without an absolute majority in the Senate, Conte could soldier on for several weeks while he seeks to win over more lawmakers.(Reuters File Photo)
Without an absolute majority in the Senate, Conte could soldier on for several weeks while he seeks to win over more lawmakers.(Reuters File Photo)

Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conte may not have enough votes to halt political turmoil

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:39 PM IST
Conte faces a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament late Monday, which he’s likely to win.
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To bring senators on board, Conte’s supporters -- chiefly from the center-left Democratic Party and other centrists -- have been warning of the risk of a snap election, which would likely see a center-right alliance take power, officials campaigning of behalf Conte, who asked not to be identified, said.(REUTERS)
To bring senators on board, Conte’s supporters -- chiefly from the center-left Democratic Party and other centrists -- have been warning of the risk of a snap election, which would likely see a center-right alliance take power, officials campaigning of behalf Conte, who asked not to be identified, said.(REUTERS)

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte to plough ahead with parliament vote

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:57 PM IST
The outcome of Conte’s quest is still uncertain. He needs about a dozen more votes in the upper house to restore an outright majority in the 321-strong upper chamber after the defection of the group led by Renzi.
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attends the ceremony marking the rotation of the General Commander of the Carabinieri, in Rome.(REUTERS)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attends the ceremony marking the rotation of the General Commander of the Carabinieri, in Rome.(REUTERS)

Explainer: Italy faces a political crisis amid a pandemic

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:25 PM IST
With the resignation of the Italia Viva ministers, Conte is working to shore up support in parliament among independent lawmakers.
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Milan Fashion Week 2021: Ermenegildo Zegna opts for pre-records, Fendi live show(Instagram/bianardinii)
Milan Fashion Week 2021: Ermenegildo Zegna opts for pre-records, Fendi live show(Instagram/bianardinii)

Milan Fashion Week 2021: Ermenegildo Zegna opts for pre-records, Fendi live show

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:07 AM IST
  • Milan Fashion Week 2021: Though Dolce & Gabbana have withdrawn from the four-day men's fashion event, brands like Fendi, Etro and Kway are opting to broadcast live shows while Ermenegildo Zegna, Tod's, Prada and Church's have opted for pre-records as rising Covid-19 cases dampen the buzz in Italy
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Passengers wearing protective face masks travel on a subway in Rome,(REUTERS)
Passengers wearing protective face masks travel on a subway in Rome,(REUTERS)

Italy to extend Covid-19 state of emergency to end of April: Minister

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 03:41 PM IST
The state of emergency, which was to expire at the end of January, gives greater powers to central government, making it easier for officials to bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.
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With much of the service industry being forced to close demand also shrank a lot more than thought.(AP file photo)
With much of the service industry being forced to close demand also shrank a lot more than thought.(AP file photo)

Euro zone contraction deeper than thought in December as lockdowns bite

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:52 PM IST
The bloc’s economy is expected to gain momentum this year on vaccine hopes, a Reuters poll found last month, and will return to pre-crisis levels within two years.
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