Italy: 'They are making us work without protection' — nurse on Milan hospital working conditions

A Milan nursing home and hospital has come under heavy criticism for its management of the coronavirus crisis, with one nurse saying staff is told not to wear masks so as not to «create panic among the patients,» on Tuesday. «They are making us work without protection,» said the nurse who's worked at Pio Albergo Trivulzio for years. «I have my own personal mask. I came to work, they took my name... Еще, surname and registry number down because I shouldn't be wearing masks. Otherwise, it creates panic among the patients and the relatives of patients.» Last month, a total of 70 patients died at the facility and another 30 since the beginning of April, prompting an investigation from the prosecutor's office in Milan. A relative of a patient being treated at the hospital said, «When I initially came here, my father was being treated at another facility. I already couldn't go inside, they were taking precautions. Here, they are letting everyone inside.» Italy is one of the worst-hit countries in Europe with over 135,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and the highest death toll in the world with 17,000 people having died with the virus as of Tuesday.

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