One of Italy’s famed family-owned circuses has been sitting out the coronavirus pandemic in a field outside Rome.
Jason HorowitzThe circus came to town.
Then it couldn't leave.
I visited circus performers, lions, tigers and a runaway camel to discuss the anxieties under the big top during Italy's big coronavirus epidemic.
They have launched insult-armed drones. They have confronted scofflaws on the streets. They have gone incognito. And now they will enforce the rules for how Italians can resume their lives.
Jason HorowitzIn a sort of coronavirus edition of “Undercover Boss,” the mayor of the northern Italian town put on a disguise and surreptitiously inspected supermarkets. It was the latest tactic Italian mayors have employed to get unruly residents to obey lockdowns.
The virus is inside the walls of the Vatican, which has canceled public participation in Easter ceremonies, is testing scores of people and considering isolating measures for Pope Francis.
Jason HorowitzAs the coronavirus reaches Pope Francis' doorstep, cardinals say he has tested negative and that clerics, and Pope Benedict, are in lockdown in Vatican City. Safety, they say, comes not from "the Vatican walls, it’s about one’s own behavior.”
No country has been hit harder by the coronavirus than Italy, and no province has suffered as many losses as Bergamo. Photos and voices from there evoke a portrait of despair.
Jason HorowitzExtraordinary photography and voices from Bergamo, the bleak heart of Italy's coronavirus epidemic.
Our look, close up, at the terrible toll of the virus, and what may await so many corners of the world.
The pandemic has turned people who fill often overlooked, low-paid jobs into unlikely heroes. They are also getting sick or dying.
Jason HorowitzExcellent story by our @EmmaBubola on the front line of the check out line.
“I am scared I am going to die,” said a colleague of a supermarket employee who died with the virus. "It could have been any of us.”
The country’s experience shows that steps to isolate the coronavirus and limit people’s movement need to be put in place early, with absolute clarity, then strictly enforced.
Jason HorowitzItaly's tragic experience with the coronavirus provides a searing, and seemingly unheeded, lesson for the world.
Italy looked at China as a “science fiction movie" the deputy minister said, and then Europe “looked at us the same way we looked at China.”