The Italian government signs a large package of investment and reforms that will be financed by the European Union’s €800 billion recovery fund, of which the country received €191.5 billion including €69 billion of grants.
Italy reports a further record of 19,644 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, as the government considers further restrictions to contain a COVID-19 resurgence.
Italy says all schools and universities will close from March 5 through March 15 to stop the spread of the virus, as the country confirms a total of 3,090 cases and 107 COVID-19-related deaths.
464 more coronavirus cases are confirmed in Italy, bringing the number to 888. Four more virus-related deaths are confirmed, bringing the death toll in the country to 21.
Several European Union states, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal and Spain, officially recognize Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela after Nicolás Maduro rejects the European ultimatum to call a new snap election. Other European Union countries, such as Greece and Ireland, stop short of recognizing Guaidó, while Italy's leading coalition party, the 5 Star Movement, declares that it is not "for the EU to tell another nation what to do".
A plane and a helicopter collide over Testa del Rutor near the border of France and Italy, leaving seven dead.
Wildfires devastate the Italian provinces of Messina, Naples, Enna and Rome. The Vesuvius National Park is reportedly completely destroyed by flames and ash. Italian police claim the fires are the work of arsonists.
Italy temporarily closes its embassy and withdraws its staff, citing threats against Western embassies in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.
France and Italy are to send military officers to Libya to train rebels.