The first coronavirus patient in the Italian province of Modena to recover from the deadly disease is nearly a century old.
The virus ripping through countries around the world is proving particularly lethal for elderly people.
Many have speculated that that is why Italy, with its ageing population, has been hit so hard by the virus.
But some good news emerged from the grim fight against Covid-19 in the country today, as a 95-year-old reportedly makes a full recovery.
A second patient, a 27-year-old man from Carpi, Modena, had also recovered, according to Italian news reports.
A medic treats Covid-19 patients at an intensive care unit in Cremona, Italy
The patient was not named, but has been pictured online today beaming from her hospital bed surrounded by the medics who helped her win her battle with the virus.
According to Italian news site Ansa, the woman is from Fanano, a community in the Modena Apennines located in-between Modena and Bologna, and is said to be the first in Modena to make a full recovery.
The pair are said to have been the first and second of 23 patients in the region successfully treated since the outbreak began.
Official figures say 23 have died in Modena since the outbreak began ravaging Italy.
The province was one of the original areas locked-down in northern Italy as the virus began sweeping through the region last month.
The entire country’s death toll has now surpassed China, where the outbreak began.
The number of people who have died from coronavirus in Italy today increased by 627 to 4,032.
Hospital employees in Italy wearing a protection mask and gear
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The number of people who died from coronavirus in Italy has increased by 627 to 4,032
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The country remains under a dramatic lockdown, as the hardest-hit northern region Lombardy alone has recorded 2,549 deaths and 22,264 cases.
The total number of cases in Italy rose to 47,021 from a previous 41,035, an increase of 14.6%, the Civil Protection Agency said.
Shocking footage from inside hospitals shows patients stricken by the bug laid up in corridors and waiting rooms.
The army have been drafted in to transport the bodies to crematoriums outside the area as local facilities simply cannot cope.
With the Bergamo hospital’s ICU completely full, medics – who are reportedly calling it ‘the Apocalypse’ – are seen dashing between patients amid the screech of air escaping tubes and alarms beeping trying to keep the infected alive.
The bubbles, which cover the entire head and cause staff great communication difficulties, attempt to equalise the air pressure in the lungs.
Patients inside the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia
The news comes as a British nurse in Italy 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.
As soon as one patient dies and is removed from the ward, they are immediately replaced with another one fighting for their life, he said, and burials are happening every 30 minutes in a local
Mr McAnish told ITV News: “The rate of deaths going up so high, as soon as there was a death or that we could transfer a patient from our hospital to one of the first hospitals that was taking people with infectious diseases because they had wards for that, immediately we would take in new patients.
“It’s just an endless stream of people coming in and as soon as we have a bed, we have a new patient coming in who needs critical care.cemetery.
“So it’s much less personal, there’s less of a one to one relationship with our patients now, they’ve just become, you know, numbers.”