“The dead do not make a noise. Yet, the names of our dead friends, our colleagues, put here in black and white, make a deafening noise,” said Filippo Anelli, FNOMCeO president, in earlier remarks to The Financial Times.
The association did not specify how directly the death of the 63 doctors could be attributed to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, noting that “many doctors die suddenly, even if the cause of death is not directly attributable to the virus, because theres no buffer.”
The association said it would update the tally regularly, hoping it will serve as “a warning, a lesson for all.”
Anelli earlier made urgent calls for more personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical staff, telling The Financial Times that Italian doctors were being sent into a “war” against the virus “unarmed.”
“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,” Anelli said in a March 27 statement, as translated by The Independent.
According to a March 29 count (pdf) by the Italian Higher Health Institute (ISS), a total of 8,358 healthcare workers in Italy have contracted the virus.