A 57-year-old doctor who tested positive for coronavirus and who was working in a hospital in the town of Codogno has died.
Marcello Natali had been hospitalised in Cremona before being transferred to Milan after developing double pneumonia. In one of the last interviews he gave before he was tested for COVID-19, he told Euronews that he had had to work without gloves: “They have run out,” he said.
He also said that in Codogno and a nearby town, Casale, 14 out of 35 doctors were in quarantine or hospitalised as of February 28.
“We weren’t prepared for coronavirus: as doctors of the post antibiotic era, we grew up thinking that a pill against everything was enough,” he said.
Natali’s death was confirmed by a representative of the Italian Federation of General Practitioners, who said that he too was suffering from double pneumonia because of the coronavirus.
“It’s a war,” he said.
Paola Pedrini, regional secretary at the federation, told Euronews that 110 doctors out of 600 in the sole province of Bergamo are sick.
“The situation has not gotten better since end of February. We received some mask, some gloves kit, nothing else. A mask that should last half-a-day, here lasts a week.”
“We practice a lot over the phone, when possible, to avoid the spread of the virus and getting in contact with asymptomatic people who still carry the virus”
Italy announced a record daily death toll of 475 on Wednesday, bringing the number of dead in the country to 2,978, with almost 36,000 confirmed cases.
Many European countries have struggled to find enough gloves, medical masks and items such as hand sanitiser in stories as demand is intensified by panic buying.
Italy: Military Transports Corpses From Bergamo!
Italy: An image is currently being shared on social media showing numerous military vehicles, with the accompanying text that they would be needed to remove corpses from the Italian city of Bergamo, as the local funeral parlors could no longer keep up with the dead.
Terrible image de camions de l'armée italienne qui emportent les cercueils en dehors de bergame pour les crémations. …
The picture taken in the center of Bergamo shows a long column of military vehicles at Borgo Palazzo, which is a few hundred meters away from the local cemetery. The army vehicles were made available by the Italian military to carry coffins to the crematoriums in other regions.
The reason for this is the fact that the morgue in Bergamo has been exhausted for days. This also applies to the city’s only crematorium furnace, which currently runs 24 hours a day. The Bergamo region is one of the most affected areas of the Covid – 19 virus and both the cemetery and the funeral home have not been accessible for a long time.
In order to relieve the mortuary of the cemetery, the military vehicles shown above were provided to transport the coffins to other regions.
The city of Bergamo is located northeast of Milan and, like the entire region of Lombardy, belongs to the exclusion zone of northern Italy. This was set up by the Italian government in order to contain the corona virus there as quickly as possible. According to calculations by the news portal n-tv, Italy will overtake China today as the country with the most deaths from the Corona Virus. For this reason, Prime Minister Conte had already announced that the curfew, which runs until April 3, would very likely have to be extended in order to cope with the crisis.
The shared sharepic is real. These are Italian military transporters, which relieve the local morgue or cemetery and transport the coffins in morgues or crematoriums from the surrounding area. The picture taken is from Bergamo, a city in Lombardy, which is one of the regions most affected by Covid-19 in Italy.