The coronavirus crisis in Italy has now killed 37 doctors and infected more than 6,000 medical workers, it appears today.
Three other doctors died of the coronavirus yesterday, in Bergamo, Foggia and Naples, the Italian Federation of Medical Professionals said, bringing the total to 37.
The head of an Italian research institute said today that 6,205 health workers contracted the disease – 8.3 percent of Italy’s 74,376 infections.
“What we encounter every day is a real war bulletin. Doctors and their families mourn their deaths, “said Filippo Anelli, president of the Federation of Physicians.
Two doctors wearing masks and white protective suits are today treating a patient in an intensive care unit at the Istituto Clinico Casalpalocco in Rome
Medical professionals are working today in a coronavirus ward in a hospital in Rome, as a federation of doctors revealed that 37 physicians had died of the disease
The Doctors’ Federation has warned that the actual death toll could be higher because “many doctors die suddenly, even though the cause of death is not directly attributable to the virus because the Pap smear is not performed.”
In addition, it is believed that at least one nurse committed suicide after she was infected with coronavirus and was concerned that she had passed the disease on to others.
Daniela Trezzi, 34, was on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis at a hospital in Lombardy, Italy’s worst-hit region.
The National Federation of Nurses of Italy confirmed her death and expressed her “pain and displeasure” in a statement earlier this week.
The nursing group also revealed that “a similar episode happened in Venice a week ago, for the same underlying reasons.”
“Each of us has chosen the good for this profession, and unfortunately also for the bad: we are nurses,” said the federation.
“The condition and stress our professionals are exposed to is in the eyes of everyone.”
Many Italian hospitals are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the crisis and face a shortage of fans and other medical supplies.
Thousands of doctors who have become ill have taken them off the frontline when they were badly needed.
Nino Cartabellotta, the head of the Gimbe Foundation that collects data on the number of infected physicians, insisted that this “phenomemon” be “curbed to protect those who care for us.”
In addition to hospital doctors and general practitioners, there are also deaths among dentists, psychiatrists and an ophthalmologist.
An Italian soldier holds his weapon while wearing gloves and a face mask as the police and army guards enter the town of Nerola today
A man with protective equipment sprays a disinfectant over an army truck near the cemetery in Bergamo, who was unable to process the number of deaths
Doctors stand over the bed of a coronavirus patient in Rome, in a country where hospitals are suffering medical shortages due to the crisis
Likewise, there is serious news in the Church where priests who comfort the sick and lead the funerals expose themselves to the virus.
“A priest is always close to the people. For good or bad, it is his raison d’être, “said Monsignor Giulio Dellavite, Secretary General of the Diocese of Bergamo.
More than 7,000 people have been infected by Covid-19 in the city and province of Bergamo, and priests have not been spared.
Of the 67 Italian priests who died of the virus, more than 20 are from Bergamo, including a bishop, according to the Catholic newspaper Avvenire.
But Giuseppe Locatelli, the priest of the parish in Albino, also in the province of Bergamo, says he has no intention of giving up his ministry.
Priests are on the second line. Doctors and nurses are at the forefront of the risks they take every day. We take fewer risks, ”said Locatelli.
He recently blessed a man on his death bed, he said, “because it was a special circumstance,” with only the sick man’s wife and disabled son at home.
“They were alone,” said Locatelli.
The youngest priest known to have died of the virus is Alessandro Brignone, from the diocese of Salerno, south of Naples. He was 45.
Doctors today treat coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit in Rome. More than 6,200 physicians are infected with the flu-like illness
An armed Italian soldier watches as a woman walks towards a vehicle in the town of Nerola today. The city, about 30 miles north of Rome, has been designated a ‘red zone’
The latest national figures for Italy showed 7,503 deaths and 74,376 deaths as of Wednesday evening.
There are some signs that the rate of decline is declining, but Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s national shutdown is expected to last well into April.
“History will judge us,” the Italian leader told Parliament on Wednesday.
“We must all contribute to the common good,” said Conte. “The government has acted with the greatest determination and speed.”
Deputy Director of the World Health Organization Ranieri Guerra sounded positive about the most recent figures.
“The growth slowdown is extremely positive,” Guerra told Italian Capitale radio.
“I think the measures taken are absolutely correct – maybe with a bit of a delay at the beginning, but that’s understandable.”
The government-led National Research Council said that 57 of Italy’s 107 provinces have already reached their peak of virus spread.
The numbers are increasing “and the containment measures are producing the desired effect, even though we are in the initial phase of the delay,” said the Dutch Safety Board.