A BRITISH nurse working in Italy has spoken of his horror as victims are buried every 30 minutes amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Connor McAnish is based at the Gavazzeni Hospital in the region of Lombardy, where soldiers have now been put on the streets to enforce a lockdown.

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 Connor McAnish, a British nurse working in Italy, has spoken of his horror as victims are buried every 30 minutes

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Connor McAnish, a British nurse working in Italy, has spoken of his horror as victims are buried every 30 minutes The number of deaths is leaving local cemeteries overwhelmed

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The number of deaths is leaving local cemeteries overwhelmedCredit: AFP or licensors The Italian army is now patrolling the streets to enforce a lockdown

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The Italian army is now patrolling the streets to enforce a lockdownCredit: EPABrit coronavirus nurse in Italy horrified as victims are buried every 30 minutes & gun-wielding soldiers hit the streets – The Sun 1

Italy has now seen at least 4,032 coronavirus deaths – more than any other country – and Lombardy has been its worst hit region.

McAnish, who works on an intensive care unit, said his hospital has now been converted to treat only patients of the epidemic.

Speaking to ITV, he described an “endless stream” of patients that has overwhelmed local cemeteries.

“They’ve had to build a tent outside the hospital and yeah, there are burials about every 30 minutes in the cemetery of Bergamo,” he said.

“With so many patients coming in, when someone dies it’s almost as if we say, ‘Okay we couldn’t do anything for this person, now we can take another person and see if their condition will improve’.”

Reports had previously emerged from Lombardy of patients who would normally be in intensive care having to be left on wards without the resources to properly treat them.

Response systems are also receiving in excess of 2,500 emergency calls per day.

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Speaking yesterday, Lombardy president Attilio Fontana announced that the national government had agreed to send troops to the region, but that the situation continues to deteriorate.

“[A request] has been accepted… and 114 soldiers will be on the ground throughout Lombardy,” he told a news conference.

“It is still too little, but it is positive.

“Unfortunately we are not seeing a change of trend in the numbers, which are rising.”

The UK is roughly two weeks behind Italy in terms of the number of coronavirus cases confirmed, and the government is now ramping up measures ahead of an expected surge in demand on the NHS.

McManish continued: “I don’t think we were ready. We had never dealt with this kind of patient.

“And the change happened so quickly from having one patient with coronavirus, to having a whole intensive care ward dedicated to coronavirus patients, to have operating theatres shut down and beds put in the operating theatres for more incubated patients.

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“It happened so quickly and I don’t think anybody expected that.”

The coronavirus has infected more than 275,000 people globally and at least 11,400 since an outbreak first began in late December.

 

 Emergency response teams are receiving thousands of phone calls a day

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Emergency response teams are receiving thousands of phone calls a dayCredit: AFP or licensors Makeshifts wards have had to be set up to cope with an overflow of patients

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Makeshifts wards have had to be set up to cope with an overflow of patientsCredit: Getty Images – Getty Soldiers are seen guarding a train terminal

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Soldiers are seen guarding a train terminalCredit: EPABrit coronavirus nurse in Italy horrified as victims are buried every 30 minutes & gun-wielding soldiers hit the streets – The Sun 8



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