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Coronavirus: Venice Carnival closes as Italy imposes lockdown

Coronavirus: Venice Carnival closes as Italy imposes lockdown

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Italian officials have cut short the Venice Carnival as they try to control what is now the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe. Authorities in the Veneto region said the event would end later on Sunday, two days earlier than scheduled. Italy has by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe, with 152. Three people have died. Italy has imposed strict quarantine restrictions in two northern "hotspot" regions close to Milan and Venice. About 50,000 people cannot enter or leave several towns in Veneto and Lombardy for the next two weeks without special permission. Even outside the zone, many businesses and schools have suspended activities, and sporting events have been cancelled in...
Italy cancels Venice Carnival in bid to halt spread of virus

Italy cancels Venice Carnival in bid to halt spread of virus

Health
CODOGNO, Italy -- Italy scrambled Sunday to check the spread of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections in the country and a third death, calling off the Venice Carnival attended by thousands of revelers, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering theaters, including Milan's legendary La Scala. Also rising was concern in Europe, including by neighboring Austria, which dangled the specter of closing its border if the health emergency worsens. On Sunday night, Austria stopped all train traffic to and from Italy after suspicions that a train at its southern border with Italy had two passengers possibly infected with the virus on board, authorities said. Austria's interior ministry said it had been informed by Italy’s railway company that...
Joker wins top prize at Venice Film Festival

Joker wins top prize at Venice Film Festival

Entertainment
The dark drama Joker, about the origins of the villainous character and Batman nemesis, has won the top award at the Venice Film Festival. Winning the prestigious Golden Lion award cemented the movie's place as a legitimate contender for the rest of the awards season. Todd Phillips' movie is already tipped for Oscar glory. However, the movie's star Joaquin Phoenix, who won rave reviews from critics at the festival, lost out on the best actor prize, which went to Italy's Luca Marinelli. Image: Emmanuelle Seigner collects the prize on behalf of her husband Roman Polanski French actress Ariane Ascaride won the best actress award for Gloria Mundi, playing a mother desperate to help her financially strapped family.Roman Polanski's movie A...
Roman Polanski film premieres at Venice amid controversy

Roman Polanski film premieres at Venice amid controversy

Entertainment
Roman Polanski's new film has had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, despite controversy over its inclusion.Argentine director Lucrezia Martel, who is chairing the festival's jury, said she did not want to "congratulate" the director and that his participation in the festival made her "uncomfortable". Polanski, who is wanted in the US after admitting to sex with a minor in 1977, did not attend the screening.J'Accuse (An Officer and a Spy) stars Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin. Martel later stressed she had no "prejudice" against Polanski's film, and would see it after the gala premiere.The film is a historical thriller telling the true story of French Jewish arm...
’60 years to save Venice’: Crumbling city at ‘point of no return’

’60 years to save Venice’: Crumbling city at ‘point of no return’

World
It's 6am in St Mark's Square, a time when this place is at its majestic best.This is Canaletto's Venice. Beyond the palaces, the rising sun glistens on the water of St Mark's Basin. And then the spell is broken. A massive cruise liner cuts across my view.It's a week since the MSC Opera crashed into the jetty a few hundred metres from the square. It was an incident which locals here had predicted would happen. Image: A cruise ship recently rammed into a tourist boat in Venice. Pic: Venice Fire Service Almost universally, the people of Venice have complained about the presence of cruise ships so close to their lagoon city. Advertisement "We knew it would...