Italy’s Bergamo City, Lombardy province: The shocking centre of the COVID-19 crisis wants you to know how CORONAVIRUS is affecting hospitals and it’s people


Patients with a respiratory aids at the hospital in Bergamo. 
Sky News
Patients with a respiratory aids at the hospital in Bergamo; Sky News

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Candid footage from a hospital in Bergamo — Italy’s worst-hit city — shows doctors and nurses desperately fighting to control the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Warning: This post contains video of acute COVID-19 cases which some people may find distressing to watch.
  • Footage from a hospital in Bergamo, Italy, shows medical workers struggling to deal with the city’s coronavirus crisis.
  • Sky News broadcast images from a makeshift ICU ward in the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital March 19.
  • The video shows dozens of patients with plastic ventilation covers over their heads.
  • Wards and corridors are packed, and doctors and nurses in protective gear are seen stretched to their limits.
  • Bergamo is Italy’s worst-hit city, with 4,645 infections. Residents have been on a total lockdown since March 8.
Warning: This post contains video of acute COVID-19 cases which some people may find distressing to watch.
Footage from a hospital in Bergamo, Italy, shows medical workers struggling to deal with the city’s coronavirus crisis.
Sky News broadcast images from a makeshift ICU ward in the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital March 19.

Staff frantically push gurneys carrying men and women on mobile respirators – it’s not chaos, but Italy’s Bergamo City, Lombardy province: The shocking centre of the COVID-19 crisis wants you to know how CORONAVIRUS is affecting hospitals and it’s people is hectic according to Sky news correspondent Stuart Ramsy.

What is alarmingly staggering is that Italy is doing a lot of testing: thousands and thousands are being tested everyday; and so far about 4000, but the number keeps on changing have actually completely recovered but the crucial point is; about the same number are succumbing, dying … it’s a neck on neck situation; it is either you recover or you die.

They rush past wards already rammed with beds all filled with people in terrible distress – gasping for air, clutching at their chests and at tubes pumping oxygen into their oxygen-starved lungs.

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“This isn’t really a ward, it’s a waiting room, we just have to use every bit of space,” my guide, Vanna Toninelli, head of the hospital press office tells me.

The medical teams are fighting a war here and they are losing.

The sheer numbers of people succumbing to the coronavirus is overwhelming every hospital in northern Italy – and it could easily overwhelm the rest of the country as well.

The staff are working flat out trying to keep their patients from deteriorating further. They are trying to stop them from dying.

Italian doctor appeal to the public and authorities;

I would like to say this; and to the members of the public first;

– Stay at home.

– To the government and authorities; we need more surgeons, and more physicians; and supplies.

Italian Doctor in Lombardy
Italy's Bergamo City, Lombardy province: The shocking centre of the COVID-19 crisis wants you to know how CORONAVIRUS is affecting hospitals and it's people
Italy’s Bergamo City, Lombardy province: The shocking centre of the COVID-19 crisis wants you to know how CORONAVIRUS is affecting hospitals and it’s people
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