I am barricaded at home in Italy to protect my family

Giulio Meotti, intrepid Italian author and journalist- and popular Arutz Sheva columnist - gives a first hand account of life under coronavirus. "We are the new China."

Giulio Meotti

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Italy is suffocating.

We have exceeded 1000 deaths in just two and a half weeks of contagion, the Austrian border has been closed, there are strikes in factories because workers do not feel protected, the first Italian engineering company FCA shuttered four plants, the Civil Protection says that there is a shortage of blood and former PM Silvio Berlusconi has left Milan to recover in Nice. 


“Patients who cannot be treated are left to die.” Christian Salaroli, an anesthesiologist doctor of a hospital in Bergamo, said it: “It is decided by their age, and by the condition of their health. As in all situations of war.”
Tomorrow must be better.

What is happening in Bergamo, a city in north Italy, is frightening, . “The mortuary of the city cemetery is no longer sufficient: Before cremation of the bodies, the Temple of Ognissanti, the modern church of the cemetery, is occupied by an average of 40 coffins every day, and was opened to accommodate the coffins. And if on an ordinary Saturday in early March the number of deaths recorded in the city could have been between 4 and 5, now the average is terrifying..” 

The mayor, Giorgio Gori, came under fire for this statement: “Patients who cannot be treated are left to die.” Christian Salaroli, an anesthesiologist doctor of a hospital in Bergamo, said it: “It is decided by their age, and by the condition of their health. As in all situations of war.”

This is the escalation of the epidemic here.

February 18: 3 infected and 0 dead

February 27: 655 infected and 17 dead

March 1: 1.694 infected and 41 dead

March 4: 3.089 infected and 107 dead

March 7: 5.883 infected and 233 dead

March 8: 7.375 infected and 366 dead

March 9: 9.172 infected and 463 dead

March 10: 1.0149 infected and 631 dead

March 11: 12.462 infected and 827 dead

We are the new China.

I can tell you about my family to help you understand what is happening.

My parents never leave the house except for buying foods. I have two grandmothers who quarantined themselves, one is in a hospice, because coronavirus will kill them if they get infected. My mother in law just finished anti-cancer treatment and we isolated her, because the virus would also be fatal to her. My wife goes to work with a mask and alcohol.

And in the last two weeks I have been at home, taking care of my children, working and teaching them as well, because schools have been closed for a month. When I tale out the garbage, I wear gloves. When I go to the supermarket, gloves, mask and antibacterial gel. I shop for my mother in law and leave the food at the door, to not endanger her just in case I get infected.

If the epidemic does not slow down or stop very soon, we will face “the end” of my country as we know it




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