MORGUES in Italy are overhwhelmed as the latest figures show that 2,158 people have now died from the coronavirus in the country.
Some in the hardest-hit northern areas of Italy are said to be unable to cope with the number of bodies despite working around the clock.
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The Lombardy region in the north of the country has been particularly hit hard with Brother Marco Bergamelli, one of the priests at the All Saints church in Bergamo, telling the New York Times that the church could not cope with the demand.
“Unfortunately, we don’t know where to put them,” Bergamelli said. “It takes time and the dead are many.”
Crematoriums are said to be working 24 hours a day but still cannot keep up.
The latest figures released on Monday showed there had been 2,158 deaths and 27,980 known infections.
The death toll in the country is the highest outside China.
Nurses in Italy have been taking to social media to reveal the state of patient care.
Some health care workers in Lombardy say the hospitals cannot cope with demand and they are running out of beds.
“It’s as if you were asking what to do if an atomic bomb explodes,” Dr Antonio Pesenti, the head of Lombardy’s intensive crisis care unit, told the Washington Post.
“You declare defeat. We’ll try to salvage what’s salvageable.”
The Post also reported that doctors in Italy had to issue guidelines on which patients would be judged to have access to the dwindling supply of ventilators, saying the young and those with the best chance of survival were given top priority.
Alberto Ceresoli, the editor of L’Eco di Bergamo, the local paper in the area, told the Times that the community has faced real trauma.
“These are people who die alone and who are buried alone. They didn’t have someone hold their hand and the funerals have to be tiny, with a quick prayer from the priest,” he said. “Many of the close relatives are in quarantine.”
Yesterday a previously fit and healthy paramedic, 46, in Italy died from the coronavirus after telling his wife he was fine.
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