Local police officers in Italy have had the unpleasant job of visiting several hospitals in the northern parts of the country harbouring isolated coronavirus patients. Their mission has been to investigate the cause of the rapid spread of the contagious virus in the country.
Their investigation started as a result of Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte accusing the hospital care in the area of being negligent in its handling of the first documented coronavirus case in the country.
The 38-year-old Italian man who is described as “patient one” is believed to have been able to infect his pregnant wife, a friend he took a walk with, three elderly people at a bar, as well as eight medical staff members and patients at the hospital in Codogno, in Northern Italy. One of the latter is said to be a 77-year-old woman who died last Sunday.
According to Italian press, the 38-year-old saw doctors on four different occasions over a period of several days before anyone finally sounded the alarm. And once the symptoms were taken seriously, he is reported to have spent a total of 36 hours in the hospital before actually being tested for the virus and put into quarantine.
Let’s hope the police officer’s work has not been in vain and that they remain in good health after their important work has been finished.