The volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupts, an event described as "high intensity" by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.
Sources: The Independent
Sources: The Independent
Mario Draghi offers his resignation as Prime Minister of Italy after coalition partner Five Star withdraws its support. However, President Sergio Mattarella refuses to accept the resignation.
A court in Milan, Italy, orders a medical examination of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as his trial on alleged bribery continues to be delayed due to his hospital visits since it began in 2017. Berlusconi's lawyers welcome the decision of the court.
A lockdown will start on March 15 and last until April 6 for the Italian regions of Lombardy, Apulia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Piedmont, Lazio, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, and Marche, thereby bringing the total number of regions under lockdown in the country to 11. The Autonomous Province of Trento is also placed under a lockdown, while strict measures are imposed for eight more regions. Between April 3–5, the entire country will be placed under a lockdown.
Italy registers 37,809 new cases in the past 24 hours, its single-day record since the start of the pandemic. In addition, the country reports 446 new deaths, the highest single-day number since April as four Italian regions enter lockdown.
The Department of Health and Social Care confirms the UK's death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 20,000. It joins the United States, Italy, Spain and France as the fifth nation to reach this total.
The Ponte Morandi viaduct collapses on the A10 motorway in Genoa, Italy. 38 people are confirmed dead, 16 others are seriously injured, 5 are missing and 632 displaced. 35 cars and three heavy vehicles are involved in the accident. Several homes are also damaged and people inside them also injured.
An Italian court orders former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on April 4 on charges of allegedly bribing witnesses with €10 million (US$11 million) in order to silence them over accusations he paid for sex with young women.
Bolivia, Ethiopia, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Sweden begin their terms on the United Nations Security Council, replacing Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela.
Francesco Schettino, former captain of the "Costa Concordia" cruise ship, goes on trial in Italy for manslaughter and abandoning ship during the disaster on 13 January 2012.
Moody's Investors Service downgrades the credit ratings of several European Union members including Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain and issues a negative outlook for the ratings of Austria, France and the United Kingdom.