The mayor of the Italian town worst hit by coronavirus says he’s bringing his daughters home from the UK – because he doesn’t believe Britain is taking the disease seriously enough.
Giorgio Gori, mayor of Bergamo, lashed out at Boris Johnson’s response to the crisis.
Today officials confirmed that 335 Brits had died after contracting Covid-19.
Italy’s death toll stands at nearly 5,500, with 1,444 people dying this weekend alone.
In the northern city of Bergamo, there have been 6,471 cases.
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Mr Gori said he felt his daughters would be safer in Italy
Before Boris Johnson announced a historic lockdown, ordering Brits to stay at home and banning gatherings of more than two people, Mr Gori said his student daughters would be coming home.
Speaking to Sky News, he said: “I have two daughters, they are studying in England, one in Taunton in college and the other in Canterbury, she’s doing a Masters.
“And when I saw what the English government was thinking about this problem, I decided to bring them back.
“I think that even if we are at the centre of the epidemic probably they are more secure here than in England.
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“I don’t understand why the government didn’t decide in time to protect their citizens.”
The total number of confirmed cases in Italy rose to 63,927 today from a previous 59,138, an increase of 8%, the Civil Protection Agency said.
This is the lowest rise in percentage terms since the outbreak of the deadly virus came to light on February 21.
Of those originally infected nationwide, 7,432 had fully recovered on Monday compared to 7,024 the day before.