These shocking scenes show COVID-19 patients lining the corridors of a crammed Italian hospital during the devastating viral outbreak in the country.
The footage was filmed by a nurse in the intensive care unit of the San Marco Zingonia Hospital in the city of Bergamo in the northern Italian region of Lombardy.
The video shows patients on ventilators in crammed-full rooms and also lining the corridors.
Italian journalist Selvaggia Lucarelli said that the hospital is handling a lot of urgent COVID-19 cases and most patients have serious breathing problems.
According to reports, proud citizens in the city paid tribute to medics by placing a large poster at the hospital entrance that read “you are our heroes”.
Bergamo is said to be one of the worst hit cities in Italy and the local authorities are currently building a temporary hospital to assist with the number of virus cases, according to local media.
Pina Onotri, general secretary of the Union of Italian Doctors, has reportedly sent a letter to the Italian government asking for all medics to be tested for the virus so they do not get infected by patients who are not displaying symptoms.
Reports said that two Italian doctors recently died of COVID-19 while hundreds of medics have been diagnosed with the virus.
Onotri also complained about the shortage of protection gear, especially face masks.
In Italy, 35,713 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed and 2,978 people have died while 4,025 made full recoveries.
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