Pope Francis and the Italian President chose this Saturday as the national date to honor health professionals, a year after the first case of Covid-19 in the country.
In a tribute to everyone who has treated patients with Covid-19, Pope Francis welcomed the “generous, sometimes heroic involvement of the profession as a mission”.
On the night of February 20, 2020, a hospital in Codogno, northern Italy, confirmed that a 38-year-old Italian was infected with the new coronavirus.
Exactly one year later, Italy already has more than 95,000 deaths. It is the second most severely affected country in Europe, second only to the United Kingdom.
For the Pope, the commitment of health professionals shows “the most authentic desire that lives in the heart of man – to be close to those who need him most”.
The country’s president, Sergio Mattarella, recalled the many professionals who died after coming into contact with the virus.
According to the industry’s professional associations, at least 326 doctors and 81 nurses have died of Covid-19 in Italy.