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Were Not Counting Bodies Anymore, Says Nurse in Italy

A nurse working on the frontline of Italys COVID-19 outbreak warned that exhausted healthcare workers cant keep up as the death toll mounts.

“Were working in a state of very high stress and tension,” said Daniela Confalonieri, a nurse in a hospital in Milan, near the contagion epicenter Lombardy, on Thursday.

“Psychological tension has gone through the roof,” she told Reuters, as she wore protective gear and described how overburdened staff are no longer able to keep track of the dead.

“Its unimaginable,” she said.

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Epoch Times Photo Medical workers in overalls stretch a patient under intensive care into the newly built temporary hospital at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, Italy, on March 16, 2020. (Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images)

We Cant Contain the Situation

Italian health officials said that 427 people have died from the new CCP virus in the past 24 hours, its second-worst death toll in as many days, according to officials in a state-run ANSA report on Thursday.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

Italys worst-hit region is Lombardy, the heavily populated area around the financial capital Milan.

“Unfortunately we cant contain the situation in Lombardy,” Confalonieri said. “Theres a high level of contagion and were not even counting the dead any more.”

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Epoch Times Photo Hospital employees wearing protective masks and gear tend to a patient at a temporary emergency structure set up outside the accident and emergency department at the Brescia Hospital in Lombardy, Italy, on March 13, 2020. (Miguel Medina/ AFP)

Confalonieri said staff at the Milan hospital were working in a “situation of total emergency” as co-workers who tested positive for the virus had left the facility severely understaffed.

“Look at the news thats coming out of Italy and take note of what the situation is like,” she said. “Its unimaginable.”

While the virus has begun spreading rapidly across Europe, Italy remains the second most heavily affected country in the world after China, where the illness first emerged, and the rising number of deaths has shown no sign of slowing.

Italy has been under lockdown since March 9, in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. The government has ordered restaurants, bars, and most shops to shut down until March 25. It has also shut schools and universities and told everyone to stay at home unless absolutely necessary until April 3.

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Italy Virus Outbreak Police officers and soldiers check passengers leaving from Milan main train station, Italy, on March 9, 2020. (Antonio Calanni/AP Photo)
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