A northern Italian city has been hit so hard by coronavirus that it is now sending patients who need intensive care to other parts of the country, a doctor in the city of Bergamo told CNN Friday.
“Bergamo is sending ICU patients to other regions because we ran out (of space),” Dr. Stefano Magnone, a hospital doctor in Bergamo, said.
Magnone said that also the ICU in the hospitals in the province of Brescia are full.
“Around 50 patients were sent out of Lombardy to other regions, mainly in the south,” Magnone said.
Brescia is the second worst affected province, according to the Italian Civil Protection Department.
“We're waiting for the field hospital” to be built, Magnone said.
Bergamo Mayor Giorgio Gori announced on Thursday evening that a new field hospital will be built inside the fairground and exhibition facility in the city.
“It will be organized by the National Alpini Association but managed by the doctors that are on their way,” the mayor said.
The new field hospital “will bring relief to our hospitals. It is the first real response received by the national institutions, so let me thank them,” he said.
“The regional affairs minister Francesco Boccia talked about 100 doctors (to be sent) in Lombardy and the Italian Prime Minister talked about sending 300 doctors to the worst affected areas,” Gori said. “Italy has finally noticed the suffering of Bergamo and our province. But we need even more doctors."
The region especially needs infectious disease experts, respiratory physicians and anesthesiologists, the mayor said.