Bergamo, Italy’s worst-hit City, has been overwhelmed by the number of people killed, the Daily Mail reported.
According to Italian media reports, the military sent a caravan to stop on the road outside the cemetery in the city of Bergamo, intending to transport 70 bodies to other nearby cities for cremation. Previously, the remains have been placed in coffins and temporarily parked in the chapel to which the cemetery belongs.
Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus epidemic in northern Italy, burials at the cemetery have been overloaded, and a cemetery worker told the media that the maximum number of bodies to be handled daily by current manpower was 24, including those who died for other reasons, which was twice as high as usual.
In addition to the alarming number of deaths, the severely overloaded medical system in northern Italy has also become the focus of national attention.
In Lombardy, where the outbreak is most severe, medical staff can only work in temporary tents, with beds crowded with wards and hospital corridors.
The Italian Army has started ferrying dozens of coffins from the northern city of Bergamo, the worst-hit city in Italy’s coronavirus crisis, to remote cremation sites because local morgues can’t cope with the number of new deaths.”There are significant numbers of people who have died but whose death hasn’t been attributed to the coronavirus because they died at home or in a nursing home and so they weren’t swabbed,”
A convoy of at least 10 military trucks was filmed passing through the city Wednesday night.
They were transporting 61 bodies to cremation sites in 12 Italian towns, including Modena and Parma, the national newspaper Corriere Della Sera reported.
Mayor Giorgio Gori wrote to neighboring towns seeking help with cremation, saying the ashes from the cremated bodies would be brought back to Bergamo, the local L’Ecio Di Bergamo reported.
Gori, Bergamo’s mayor, said Wednesday that the number of coronavirus deaths in the city might be far higher than reported.
Italy has recorded the most coronavirus deaths outside China, where the disease broke out late last year. Nearly 3,000 people in the country have died, and more than 35,000 had been infected as of Thursday morning.
Italy has the largest aging population in Europe. The elderly and those with preexisting health conditions are most at risk of death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.