Alarming photos show coronavirus patients hooked up to life support machines inside an Italian quarantine-zone hospital as medics in hazmat suits battle to save their lives

Monday, March 9, 2020
By Paul Martin

Photos show medics in full protective suits with gloves, goggles and face masks treating patients in Cremona
Giuseppe Conte pleaded with Italians to ‘protect the health of our loved ones’ by obeying the new lockdown
He told people not to ‘counter these measures or dodge them’ after 16million people were put in quarantine
Police were today manning checkpoints in Lombardy after the region and 14 provinces were shut down
Italy’s death toll soared from 133 to 366 yesterday, becoming the highest in the world outside China
Foreign Office said British tourists ‘are free to return home or complete their holiday’ under Italian guidelines
Six prisoners died amid jailhouse riots across Italy in protest at a ban on family visits because of coronavirus

By TIM STICKINGS
DAILYMAIL.COM
9 March 2020

Alarming new pictures show coronavirus patients being treated in intensive care at a hospital in northern Italy, where 16million people are facing quarantine in a drastic new lockdown.

The photos show patients surrounded by wires and tubes being treated by medics in full protective suits with gloves, goggles and face masks at the hospital in Cremona.

Some patients are lying face-down on their hospital beds, which researchers believe can raise survival rates in intensive care by improving oxygen levels in the blood.

The hospital is in Lombardy which is one of the regions sealed off in the toughest quarantine measures that any country has imposed outside China.

Italy’s prime minister last night pleaded with his citizens to obey the draconian new measures, declaring that ‘this is the time to be responsible’ after the quarantine took effect in cities including Milan and Venice.

‘We want to protect the health of all citizens, we are aware that this will create unease and that these measures will be a sacrifice, big and small,’ Giuseppe Conte said in an address last night.

‘But this is the time to be responsible. We all must respect and not dodge these measures.

‘We should not counter these measures or dodge them, we must think about protecting our health, the health of our beloved ones, the health of our parents, but mainly the health of our grandparents,’ he said, warning that older people have proved the most vulnerable to the virus.

Italian police were today setting up checkpoints in Lombardy after the wealthy northern region and 14 other provinces were placed into lockdown in a measure which will last until at least April 3.

Only people with a ‘serious’ reason that cannot be postponed, such as urgent work or family issues, will be allowed in or out of the ‘orange zones’.

Anyone who breaks the rules without justification could face three months in prison or a 200-euro fine in a draconian new effort to tackle the crisis.

The crisis deepened even further yesterday as Italy’s death toll soared from 133 to 366, becoming the highest in the world outside China.

The number of confirmed cases in the country also surged by 1,492 to 7,375, making the scale of the Italian outbreak worse than South Korea’s.

To make matters worse, six people died yesterday in one of several jailhouse riots after prisoners revolted over new rules which banned them from seeing their families over coronavirus fears.

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One Response to “Alarming photos show coronavirus patients hooked up to life support machines inside an Italian quarantine-zone hospital as medics in hazmat suits battle to save their lives”

  1. Marie Joy

    Why would they be face down?

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