With heavy hearts, Italians mark yr of COVID-19 outbreak


With wreath-laying ceremonies, tree plantings and church providers, Italians on Sunday marked one yr since their nation skilled its first recognized COVID-19 demise.Cities in Italy's north had been the primary to be hard-hit by the pandemic and put beneath lockdown, and residents paid tribute to the useless. Italy, with some 95,500 confirmed virus useless, has Europe's second-highest pandemic toll after Britain. Specialists say the virus additionally killed many others who had been by no means examined. Whereas the primary wave of infections largely engulfed Lombardy and different northern areas, a second surge beginning within the fall of 2020 has raced all through the nation. READ MORE: UK hastens vaccinations, all adults get first jab by July 31The variety of new coronavirus infections has remained stubbornly excessive regardless of a raft of restrictions on journey between areas, and in some instances between cities. As well as, gyms, cinemas and theatres have been closed and eating places and bars should shut early within the night. Nationwide there's a 10pm to 5am curfew. To this point, Italy has confirmed 2.8 million instances.It was within the hospital on the Lombard city of Codogno the place a physician recognised what would go down in medical historical past as the primary recognized COVID-19 case within the West in a affected person with no hyperlinks to the outbreak in Asia, the place coronavirus infections initially emerged. The prognosis was made on the night of February 20, 2020, in a 38-year-old in any other case wholesome, athletic man.Close to the Pink Cross workplace in Codogno on Sunday, Lombardy's governor and the city mayor attended a ceremony to unveil a monument to COVID-19 victims. The memorial consists of three metal pillars, representing resilience, neighborhood and beginning over. A wreath was laid, and townspeople stood in silence to honour the useless.READ MORE: Sicilian village cleans up ash, stones from Mt Etna eruptionThe Codogno hospital affected person survived, after being transferred to a different hospital and spending weeks on a respirator. Nevertheless it was within the northeastern city of Vo, within the neighbouring Veneto area, the place Italy's first recognized COVID-19 demise was registered on February 21, 2020.In Vo's memorial ceremony, officers planted a tree. A plaque has been put in, quoting a line from the Italian poet Ugo Foscolo, whose works are extensively studied by the nation's schoolchildren. The inscription reads: "A person by no means dies if there may be somebody who remembers him." Italy's first recognized fatality from COVID-19 was a 77-year-old Vo man, a retired roofer who appreciated to play playing cards.READ MORE: Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Final Supper' reopens to public after COVID-19 closure


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