Italy has reported more than 132,000 coronavirus cases and more than 16,000 deaths, but that is unlikely, because only people who die in hospitals are counted in national counts. Other people at home or in nursing homes may not be tested for COVID-19 at all.
In a nursing home in Nembro, a city in northern Italy, 33 people have died since the outbreak began. They include Agnese Magoni, a housemaid who likes to walk in the park, and Giulio Bonomi, a carpenter and bookworm.
They died of COVID-19, doctors said, but they were not tested before they died, so they did not appear in the country’s death toll. The virus attacks very hard and so quickly in nursing homes, those infected never reach the hospital.
Barbara Codalli refers to what happens in nursing homes as “tsunami.” The tsunami killed three residents per day at its peak and could still attack 52 survivors, he told CBS News foreign correspondent Chris Livesay.
The residents have still not been tested, Codalli said.
“Neither do we,” he told Livesay. “I might also suffer from COVID. Two co-workers have died, and many others are in the hospital.”
Countless victims have also died in their homes, untested and uncountable, like Alessandro Boromelli. The police were seen collecting their oxygen tanks, which are now in short supply.
“This disease destroys the generation that builds everything around us,” said his son, Valerio Boromelli.
Boromelli said his father and no one in their home were tested by COVID-19.
The official number of deaths in Nembro associated with COVID-19 is 31, according to an article written jointly by the mayor, Claudio Cancelli. But, he estimates the actual death toll is much higher.
“According to our analysis, this is four times higher. Most deaths are not counted,” Cancelli told Livesay.
Not reporting deaths does not only occur in Nembro. Mayors throughout Italy sounded the alarm, warning COVID-19 was even more deadly than we thought.
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