At least 50 doctors are dead from coronavirus in Italy where death toll is now THREE times more than China after rising by 889 in a single day to 10,023

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By Paul Martin

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At least 50 doctors have lost their lives to the coronavirus in Italy as the country continues to contain the spread of the deadly illness, it has been revealed.

Today the National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists (FNOMCeO) confirmed the names of the doctors who had died from the virus while trying to help fight the pandemic.

The list of names, which is updated daily by the doctor’s association, comes as Italy’s coronavirus death toll rose to 10,023 following a rise in 889 deaths in just 24 hours.

According to the list of medical staff who have now lost their lives to Covid-19, 17 had been working in Italy’s worst-affected region of Lombardy.

In a statement seen by The Independent Filippo Anelli, president of the National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists, said: ‘It is reasonable to assume that these events would have been largely avoidable if health workers had been correctly informed and equipped with sufficient adequate PPE: masks, gloves, disposable gowns, protective visors – which instead continue to be in short supply or to be supplied in an unacceptable way in the midst of an epidemic to which even Italy had declared itself ready only up to two months ago.’

deaths in just 24 hours. Pictured: A police water truck is sent to Genova, Italy, amid the coronavirus outbreak to clean the streets

In a statement seen by The Independent Filippo Anelli, president of the National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists, said: ‘It is reasonable to assume that these events would have been largely avoidable if health workers had been correctly informed and equipped with sufficient adequate PPE: masks, gloves, disposable gowns, protective visors – which instead continue to be in short supply or to be supplied in an unacceptable way in the midst of an epidemic to which even Italy had declared itself ready only up to two months ago.’

The association confirmed it would continue to report the names of doctors who had died to pay tribute to them.

On Saturday, the Italian Army was brought in to ferry coffins out of Bergamo, Northern Italy as its morgue and crematorium struggled to cope with the surge in fatalities from the pandemic.

Italy’s largest daily toll was registered on Friday, when 919 people died.

Prior to that, there were 712 deaths on Thursday, 683 on Wednesday, 743 on Tuesday and 602 on Monday.

Italy has the second highest number of cases, behind the United States. It surpassed China’s tally on Friday.

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