Day 22 – Friday 13th March 2020
Shocking news today: 250 people died in just 24 hours
All the stats
14,955 infected; 1266 dead, 1439 recovered
8754/14,955 (49%) hospitalised; 1328/14.955 (9.7%) in ICU
6201 quarantined at home
17,660 = total number of infections
Day 23- Saturday 14th March 2020
17,750 infected; 1,441 dead; 1,966 recovered
9,890/17,750 (56%) hospitalised; 1581/17,750 (9%) in ICU
7,860 quarantined at home
NB: 21.157= total number of infections
1)Only 175 deaths today as compared with 250 yesterday.
2)More patients are recovering.
3)No new infections in one hotspot in the Venice region.
At 6.00 pm this evening, just as these figures were being announced, someone in our neighbourhood played music on a loudspeaker
Italians know they will triumph over this disease.
But what a toll it is taking.
Remember: Each and every patient that passed away, died alone in an isolation ward and could have been buried or cremated alone. The remains were driven from the hospital directly to a crematorium operating 24/7 or a rapidly filling graveyard.The hearses lined up for their turn to go in.
There was no service to commend the soul to God and the body to earth. There were certainly no hymns or eulogy.
Since family members could well have been quarantined at home, if not ill themselves, there was often no one at the funeral.
And in any case, in lockdown Italy, only 1 or 2 people are allowed to attend each burial.
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