Game Zero: Coronavirus outbreak in Italy linked to a February 19 Champions League game
26 March, 2020, 14:33
At the time, few in Italy were greatly concerned about covid-19.
"The match was a biological bomb", said Gori in a Facebook interview. "If it's true what they're saying that the virus was already circulating in Europe in January, then it's very possible that 40,000 Bergamaschi within the stands of San Siro, all collectively, exchanged the virus between them".
"Many watched the game in groups and there were lots of contact [among fans] that night".
"Sadly, we couldn't have recognized".
"That game was a biological bomb and that the virus has spread rapidly since then, is due without doubt to the fact that numerous 40.000 fans at the stadium that night were already possibly carrying the virus".
Lower than every week after the sport, the primary circumstances have been reported within the province of Bergamo. "The virus was transmitted from one to the other", said the mayor. Atalanta on Tuesday confirmed that goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, who played in Valencia on March 10, had become their first player to test positive for the virus.
As per official reports in Italy, nearly 7,000 people in the province of Bergamo had tested positive for COVID-19 with more than 1,000 casualties.
Luca Lorini, the head of the intensive care unit at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo, told The Associated Press, "I'm sure that 40,000 people hugging and kissing each other while standing a centimeter apart - four times, because Atalanta scored four goals (the final result was 4-1) - was definitely a huge accelerator for contagion".
"Proper now we're at warfare". "Proper now we've different priorities".
"It's definitely an evaluation that may be made", Brusaferro mentioned.
By last week, Bergamo's cemetery became so overwhelmed by the number of dead that military trucks began transporting bodies to a neighboring region for cremation. What they hadn't realised was that many of them were infected, because at that point [February 19] there had not been one death in Italy.
Regarding the unusually lethal nature of the outbreak there, an Italian immunologist (via Corriere dello Sport) pointed to Bergamo's status as an economic and social center, as well as to the reputation of the region's inhabitants for being hard-working and industrious, suggesting they may have been more inclined than some others to shrug off symptoms of illness and continue with their daily lives.
Greater than 435,000 individuals worldwide have been contaminated and the variety of useless closed in on 20,000, based on the working rely stored by Johns Hopkins College.