By George Day •
Published: 16 Mar 2020 • 16:44
An Italian paramedic has died from coronavirus after working to help victims in the Lombardy region.
Diego Bianco, 46, passed away overnight on Friday at the home he shared with his wife and his son in Montello. Reports suggest that he was suffering from a severe fever for 7 seven days.
The healthcare specialist was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Thursday.
He worked for the Italian emergency ambulance service in the northern region of Italy. The region has had 11,600 confirmed cases and 1,200 deaths.
After his diagnosis, his colleagues were ordered to self-isolate after showing symptoms for the virs and his emergency service operations centre was sanitised.
Diego’s colleagues have since claimed that he was ‘medically fine’ prior to his death and his occupation required his health to be ‘constantly monitored.’
His colleague Davide Brescancin has pleaded with authorities to protect paramedics as they’re exposed to COVID-19 during their shifts.
Riccardo Germani – a spokesman for health union ADL Cobas Lombardia – told the publication: ‘Diego was a trained worker, a rescuer who has always used personal protective equipment, was not elderly and did not have any other diseases.
He was one of the 700 health workers, doctors, nurses and rescuers who have already been infected.’
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