Rooms of a newly opened hospital in Rome dedicated to COVID-19 patients were filling up quickly, Wednesday, March 25. Nine out of the 13 available rooms were already busy with patients infected by COVID-19, who needed intensive care, intubation and ventilators.
The new COVID-19 hospital is based in a converted private clinic for cardiovascular diseases.
READ MORE: A provincial official in Italy says a soccer game and a missed opportunity to detect one early coronavirus case might have contributed to the rapid spread of the disease in his hard-hit country.
The mayor of Bergamo, Giorgio Gori, says his province, like many others in Italy, were not prepared for the coronavirus outbreak. Bergamo did not go into lockdown initially like 10 other towns in Lombardy and one in Veneto.
A case of pneumonia at a hospital in Bergamo province in late February was not recognized as coronavirus at the time. Gori believes that patient infected others, including doctors and nurses.
Gori says another event is also believed responsible for the rapid spread of the virus in his province: a Champions League soccer game played February 19.
Gori says 40,000 fans from the Bergamo area watched the match played at Milan’s San Siro stadium between Atalanta and Valencia.