Sara Aragno instructed CNN on Wednesday that 63 out of 150 residents at Borromea Residence, a care home in the Mediglia municipality, had died since early March.
The first of the 63 deaths on the home occurred on March 3, in the sooner levels of Italy’s battle with a coronavirus outbreak that has now killed extra than 13,000 individuals in the nation.
It will not be identified what number of of these 63 residents had been contaminated with the coronavirus, as a result of solely 36 residents have been examined. All 36 examined constructive however not all have died. No postmortem exams have, or will likely be, carried out, Aragno stated. However, medical doctors may discover out extra from their medical data.
Mediglia, a village of 12,000 individuals in the northern Lombardy area, is geographically very near the unique coronavirus cluster reported in the nation.
“I signed an ordinance on February 23 forbidding all non-medical staff to enter in the care house,” the Mayor of Mediglia, Paolo Bianchi, instructed CNN Wednesday. “I receive every day updated death tolls, and I noticed they were growing and growing.”
It is feared that the precise quantity of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Italy is likely to be a lot larger than the official quantity, as a result of not everybody who dies exterior of hospital is examined for the virus.
“It is plausible that deaths are underestimated,” Silvio Brusaferro, head of the nationwide well being institute, stated in a information convention on Tuesday. “We report deaths that are signaled with a positive swab. Many other deaths are not tested with a swab.”
The care home stated it had made telephone contact with kinfolk in search of data on their family members. “We understand their anguish,” the spokesperson stated. “We have taken all the necessary measures: we have divided those with symptoms on a floor and those without in another floor and we check the temperature of our staff three times a day.”
However, that isn’t all the time sufficient to guard the aged. “The elderly are the most exposed to fatal events, over 80% of the deaths are over 70, hospices without a doubt can represent a reality that favors the epidemic spread,” stated Franco Locatelli, head of the Superior Health Council, in a information convention.
According to a assertion from the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics on March 30, Italy’s 7,000 care houses are “neither equipped nor have trained personnel” they usually can turn into “biological bombs of contagion.” The society made the assertion whereas saying it had began a blood survey to judge the effectiveness of diagnostic standards in nursing houses.
Livia Borghese reported from Rome and Sharon Braithwaite from London. CNN’s Sarah Dean additionally contributed to this report.