Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo – once the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy – announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit.
After 137 days of trying to keep critically ill patients alive, staff gathered on 8th July for a moment of silence to remember those who passed away in their wards, followed by applause for the more than 400 hospital workers in the department.
Maria Beatrice Stasi, director general of the hospital, told reporters they had discharged the last patient to recover from Covid-19, marking “a moment of great emotion” and relief as the intensive care unit can now accommodate other patients and staff can return to their regular uniforms.
At the worst point of the crisis, which began with their first patient being admitted on 23rd February, the ICU had more than 100 patients intubated.
Luca Lorini, head of the intensive care and reanimation department, told reporters on 8th July that the exceptional effort and teamwork by staff led them to the “great result” of having no more Covid-19 patients in their unit.
Picture: Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo, once the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy, announced there were no more patients with coronavirus in the intensive care unit. (CNS photo/courtesy Pope John XXIII hospital).