A lockdown for the entirety of Italy to contain the coronavirus

March 10, 2020

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An empty Torino Porta Susa railway station is pictured after a decree orders for the whole of Italy to be on lockdown to contain the coronavirus, in Turin, Italy, March 10, 2020.


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From the boot's top to its toe and heel, Italy is in lockdown to try to contain the coronavirus. And, on the Greek isle of Lesbos, residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in camps there. Also, who knew that hand-washing could spur so much creativity online? Amid concerns about the new coronavirus, memes about how to wash your hands have been going viral.

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