Illicit and legitimate trade are closely connected, so how come one seems to be rising while the other has plunged?
Naples holds an enduring – and ambiguous – place in cultural representations of Italy.
It is generally assumed that this disease-control technique goes back to the 1840s, but it's actually much older.
Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.
Many governments can't afford to offer the sort of economic stimulus we've seen in the west, and organised crime is only too happy to fill the gap.
Migrants have been left to die in the Mediterranean as Italy and Malta declared their harbours 'unsafe' in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the US prepares to reopen from weeks of social distancing, it’s worth noting what other countries are doing.
While some authoritarian governments have won early praise, research shows that democratic countries with a balance of power between central and regional bodies are best able to succeed.
Politicians should have acted faster and more decisively, survey data from four countries show.
Countries aiming to flatten the coronavirus curve have one crucial aim: reduce the "effective reproduction number" of the virus to below 1. This means the spread is slowing, rather than accelerating.
Having brought cases of infection significantly down, the country is preparing to loosen lockdown measures.
Another EU leaders' meeting, another humdrum announcement afterwards.
Then – as now – the wealthy fled to the countryside, while the urban poor were forced to work on the front lines.
Handling the US outbreak requires a look at what's working for the rest of the world – and our own history.
The coronavirus found dangerously fertile ground in elements of the country's demographics, business, geography and culture.
Cuba stresses its programme to send doctors abroad is based in solidarity. But there are diplomatic and economic reasons too.
The lockdown has seen Italy's urban life shift to new spaces.
From China and South Korea to Italy and the US, different countries are taking very different approaches to COVID-19 – with varying degrees of success.
The government's "whatever it takes" promise to NHS is all very well, but UK healthcare is a long way from being ready to deal with a major outbreak.
An effective vaccine against lies, spin and confusion.