A doctor who warned about the lack of gloves for medics treating coronavirus patients has died after contracting the virus.
Marcello Natali, 57, died in Milan after issuing the warning during a TV interview just weeks ago.
In it, he raised concerns about the safety of front-line workers in Italy.
His stark warning went on to say how medics had “run out” of gloves and they were “not prepared” for the crisis.
Natali said: “We certainly were not prepared to face such a situation.
“Also because of our generation that of the most antibiotic era – who grew up thinking a pill against disease was enough.”
Dr Marcello Natali died weeks after his warning about doctors on the front-line being dangerously exposed
Natali had been working in Cremona, in the heart of the most infected ‘red zone’ when he reportedly contracted the virus.
His death was confirmed by the Italian Federation of General Practitioners, who described the situation as “a war”, reports the Mail.
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Figures reveal 2,600 medics have been infected with coronavirus in Italy.
The total number of fatalities in Italy has now overtaken Italy, rising to over 3,400 – with 475 deaths occurring in one day.
The government has now extended its lockdown measures until the end of April.
Dr Marcello Natali said they were “not prepared” for the situation
Italian patients in ventilator bubbles – which are supposed to help equalise the air in the lungs
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A British nurse on the front line of Italy’s coronavirus crisis has given a harrowing account of patients dying in staggering numbers.
Patients are being treated as “numbers” because so many are coming in to overwhelmed hospitals in the new epicentre of the pandemic, according to Connor McAinsh.
Speaking after completing a night shift, exhausted Mr McAinsh, who works at the Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, which is only treating Covid-19 patients, said an “endless stream of people” has been arriving.
Worldwide deaths have now surpassed 10,000.
Currently, the UK has recorded 144 deaths – with London the worst hit area.
Boris Johnson has said further measures may be needed to brig down the number of infections and deaths.
But Downing Street said there was “zero prospect” of travel in and out of London being restricted in any way despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Boris Johnson ’s spokesman however did not rule out a new law being used to forcibly shut restaurants, bars or some shops.
And he did not rule out a French-style system in which people could be fined for flouting restrictions
The Army has put 20,000 troops on standby – but No10 said the troops are to help backfill vital roles, not enforce law and order.
Troops will only be deployed if and when “they are required”, Downing Street said, and their role could include “giving support to government departments when they need it for example by driving oxygen tankers for the NHS.”