Italian hospital in Bergamo coronavirus-free for first time in 137 days

Jul 10, 2020 850

BY: Vincent Barone

The intensive care unit of an Italian hospital devastated by the coronavirus is finally COVID-19-free. The Papa Giovanni XXIII, the main hospital in Bergamo, on Wednesday reported no virus patients in its ICU for the first time in 137 days — since the first patient was admitted on Feb. 23, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

Bergamo’s surrounding province of Lombardy in northern Italy accounted for half of the country’s coronavirus deaths as the virus ravaged the area. When the news was announced in the hospital, staff held a minute-long moment of silence for the victims of the pandemic before celebrating with a long round of applause “because we all deserved it,” said Luca Lorini, director of the hospital’s emergency department, according to ABC News.

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