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Anti-vaxxer, 28, dies of Covid after tearing off his oxygen mask in Italy

An anti-vaxxer has died of Covid-19 after tearing off his oxygen mask and insisting he did not have the disease while being treated at a hospital in Italy.

The man, dubbed Luigi Cossellu by local media and admitted on January 16, reportedly denied the existence of Covid-19 and had refused to receive the vaccine.

Doctors immediately recognized the seriousness of the 28-year-old’s condition upon his arrival at Santa Maria Goretti Hospital in Latina, south of Rome.

The man, dubbed by local media as Luigi Cossellu (pictured) and who was admitted on January 16, reportedly denied the existence of Covid-19 and had refused to receive the vaccine.

The man, dubbed by local media as Luigi Cossellu (pictured) and who was admitted on January 16, reportedly denied the existence of Covid-19 and had refused to receive the vaccine.

They diagnosed him with acute respiratory failure due to the coronavirus and transferred him to an intensive care unit on his second day at the facility.

However, Cossellu refused treatment and tore off his oxygen mask.

Doctors persuaded the man to put the mask back on, Silvia Cavalli, general manager of Latina’s ASL (Local Health Unit) told Italy24news.

But his cooperation came too late. His condition deteriorated and he succumbed to the disease on his fifth day in hospital.

Cossellu’s 55-year-old father – who is also an anti-vaxxer – is also currently on a ventilator in serious condition, according to the Italian news agency. ansa.

This was also confirmed by Silvia Cavalli, who reported that the man’s father is also being treated at the same hospital.

According to Italy24news, both men refused to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

Mr Cossellu was from nearby Terracina and was engaged, according to his Facebook page.

Doctors diagnosed the Italian with acute respiratory failure due to the coronavirus and transferred him to an intensive care unit on his second day in the facility

Doctors diagnosed the Italian with acute respiratory failure due to the coronavirus and transferred him to an intensive care unit on his second day in the facility

Doctors diagnosed the Italian with acute respiratory failure due to the coronavirus and transferred him to an intensive care unit on his second day in the facility

Alessio D’Amato, the health councilor for the Lazio region, urged young people to get vaccinated, pointing to the 28-year-old’s death. Covid also hits young people hard. vaccination is important,” he told the news channel.

Italy24news also reported that a 28-year-old pregnant anti-vaxxer died in Rome overnight between Thursday and Friday.

She was reportedly in her 31st week of pregnancy but had not been vaccinated.

The news station reported that she had had symptoms and difficulty breathing for 10 days, and within a week her condition had dramatically improved, forcing doctors to perform a cesarean section to deliver the baby.

But despite their best efforts, they were unable to save the woman, who later died.

A number of Italian anti-vaxxers have been in the news during the pandemic, especially since the government introduced a vaccination mandate for over-50s to come to power from February 1.

Late last year, a fervent Italian anti-vaxxer who gained a cult following after his regular phone calls to a popular radio show was murdered by Covid-19.

Maurizio Buratti, 61, known to his fans as Mauro from Mantua, had boasted of being a ‘pest spreader’ after deliberately going to a Carrefour supermarket without a mask while feeling ill and having a temperature of 38 degrees for just days before his hospitalization.

Maurizio Buratti (pictured), a fervent Italian anti-vaxxer who gained a cult following after his regular phone calls to a popular radio show, has died of Covid

Maurizio Buratti (pictured), a fervent Italian anti-vaxxer who gained a cult following after his regular phone calls to a popular radio show, has died of Covid

Maurizio Buratti (pictured), a fervent Italian anti-vaxxer who gained a cult following after his regular phone calls to a popular radio show, has died of Covid

He said he “defended the constitution” by ignoring health advice, and refused to be tested because he believed the smears caused the virus.

The frequent caller to the radio station Zanzara — which also promoted anti-Semtite conspiracy theories — was eventually intubated and later died.

In another case last week, Italian police foiled a gang behind a massive anti-vax scam that helped people sign up to get the vaccine, only to throw it away and not inject — in a ploy to get a vaccine passport. to get.

According to the investigation, a network of dozens of people was involved who took people from all over Italy to the vaccination center in Ancona, where they paid up to €400 (£330) for a fake jab.

The nurse she was supposed to inject would squirt the dose into the garbage before putting a band-aid on the patient and giving them a ‘green pass’, proving the vaccination certificate.

A vaccine mandate in Italy requires everyone over the age of 50 to be vaccinated from February 1. The unvaccinated people run the risk of paying a large fine or losing their job.

Police in Italy arrested a nurse (pictured) who took bribes to give people fake proof of vaccination

Police in Italy arrested a nurse (pictured) who took bribes to give people fake proof of vaccination

Police in Italy arrested a nurse (pictured) who took bribes to give people fake proof of vaccination

According to the mandate, the only alternative to getting the vaccine is to recover from Covid-19, due to the body’s development of antibodies during an infection.

This has also prompted people to throw ‘infection’ parties, where people would pay to be around those infected with Covid-19 in the hopes that they would catch the virus, further recover and would thus qualify for the exception.

The news of the man’s death arrives. Italy appears to have peaked in Omicron infections, with cases of the highly contagious variant now declining, the country’s Covid Emergency chief said Monday.

“There is good news: it seems that we have reached the plateau of the curve as far as Omicron is concerned and it is going downhill,” Commissioner Francesco Paolo Figliuolo told reporters in Milan.

Italy was the first European country to be hit by the pandemic in early 2020 and remains one of the worst affected, with the highest reported death toll in the EU, with nearly 144,000 victims.

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Much of the deaths occurred in wealthy Lombardy to the north, where the first case was recorded.

“In the past two days, even in Lombardy, the number of hospital admissions has been lower than the number of discharges. This bodes well,’ said Figliuolo.

Italy – which has taken strict measures to contain the spread of the virus, including mandatory vaccination for people over 50 – reported 138,860 new cases of Covid-19 and 227 deaths on Sunday.

The delay comes as the World Health Organization said the planet could end the Covid-19 emergency this year by ensuring equal access to vaccines and enforcing restrictions.

The Omicron variant, which is highly contagious but generally leads to less severe infection in vaccinated people, is now the dominant variant in Europe.

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