Italy: Popup COVID stations set to assist Milan's hospitals amid rising number of cases

Military tents have been set up outside hospitals in Milan to curb hospital admissions due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Lombardy region on Monday. «In collaboration with the Italian Army, which provided the facilities, AREU (Regional Emergency Services Agency), and all the staff of the rescue associations, we have set up an evaluation area called 'Advanced clinical checkpoint.' Here we have the 'Code Greens related to COVID' converge, people with infectious respiratory disease, arriving from the Milan metropolitan area. The aim is to take some pressure away from the emergency rooms and ensure that emergency vehicles are not kept in hospitals,» explained 118 Milan AREU nurse coordinator Giacomo Colzani. A team of medical staff dressed in full hazmat suits were seen setting up the station where they received the patients who were tested on sight and later deliberated their next step according to their condition. On Friday residents of Lombardy, reentered a newly imposed lockdown alongside multiple other Italian regions which were among the worst-hit nationwide by the second COVID-19 wave.

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