• Coronavirus en Italie : le vrai bilan serait de 4500 morts en un mois à Bergame, et non de 2000
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/dossier/epidemie-de-coronavirus/detail_coronavirus-en-italie-le-vrai-bilan-serait-de-4500-morts-en-un-mois-a-be

    Dans la province italienne de Bergame, le quotidien l’Eco di Bergamo a mené une enquête afin de recouper les chiffres des décès liés au COVID-19, à partir des données fournies par les municipalités locales. Le résultat est inquiétant : le bilan serait de 4500 morts, au moins le double des décès vérifiés.

    Selon le journal, ce que les chiffres officiels ne disent pas, c’est qu’ "En mars 2020, plus de 5400 personnes sont mortes dans la province de Bergame, dont 4500 à cause de coronavirus. C’est six fois plus que l’année précédente. Pour 2060 d’entre eux, les décès « officiels » certifiés causés par le Covid-19 dans les hôpitaux locaux, nous savons tout : âge, sexe, conditions préexistantes. Par contre, nous ne savons rien des 2500 autres." Or selon le journal, beaucoup étaient des personnes âgées, qui sont mortes à domicile et dans des maisons de retraite. « Malgré des symptômes proches du Covid-19, selon les médecins et les proches, elles n’ont jamais été testées pour ce virus. Sur leur certificat de décès, on peut lire : pneumonie interstitielle »

    • Coronavirus, the real death toll: 4.500 victims in one month in the province of Bergamo

      This is the result of the analysis carried out by L’Eco di Bergamo and InTwig using the data provided by local municipalities.

      What the official figures don’t say. They don’t say that in March 2020 more than 5.400 people have died in Bergamo province, 4.500 of which due to coronavirus. Six times more than the previous year. Of only 2.060 of them, the «official» certified deaths caused by Covid-19 in the local hospitals (data as at yesterday), we know everything: age, gender, pre-existing conditions. We do not know anything about the other 2.500. Many of them are old people, who died at home or in assisted residential homes. In spite of the unmistakable symptoms, as recorded by physicians and relatives, they were never tested for the disease. On their death certificate you can just read: interstitial pneumonia.

      As the representatives of Civil Defence and Regione Lombardia Administration were constantly issuing the figures of infections and swabs on social media, the people of Bergamo province were uttering their cry of distress. Pictures showing military vehicles carrying hundreds of coffins away and the pages of L’Eco’s obituaries were spread all over the world, witnessing the tragedy all Bergamo people are experiencing. Mayors realised it immediately, as well: «The official data are just the tip of the iceberg» - they stated on this newspaper on March 17th.

      Now these merciless numbers confirm the feeling of mayors, who displayed half-mast flags and took a minute of silence to honor all the victims, including those who are not part of the Civil Defence’s statistics.

      In order to verify the increase of total mortality compared to the previous years, L’Eco di Bergamo and InTwig, research and data analysis agency, launched an investigation among all the 243 municipalities of Bergamo province: 91 administrations answered the call so far, representing 607.000 people, which is more than 50% of the total population. It is an important validation, as it shows the will of shedding light on this phenomenon. The official data (last update: end of March) enable us to make an accurate estimate of deaths and infections over every area of the province. «We compared the number of deaths over the first three months of this year with the average figure of the last three years, in order to verify the increase in mortality across Bergamo’s territory - explains Aldo Cristadoro, founder of InTwig and professor in Digital methods for social research at Bergamo University -. Our evaluation, carried out with great accuracy by means of the official data provided by each local administration, tells us that during the month of March more than 5.400 people have died, and approximately 4.500 of these are ascribable to coronavirus. One year ago, in March, the total deaths were almost 900».

      This survey was carried out using a projection that divides the territory into areas of interest and demographics. «We considered the districts, the average age of every municipality, age groups, HPA areas, and of course the historical datas about deaths - Cristadoro says -. We considered the most recent studies applying total deathliness rates to the Italian demographics. Our estimate - verified on the deaths’ real data - is based on a 1,57% deathliness rate, obtained from a research by New York University».

      This research also allows to make a more precise evaluation of the total infections over the province of Bergamo and its territorial areas. «We are talking about 288.000 people, 25,9% of the total population - Cristadoro continues -. From our analysis, it is clear that Seriana Valley is of course the core of the outbreak, with 45,5% of people infected. However, the virus also hit the Brembana Valley, with an estimated 45,7% of people infected. The available data also confirm a higher incidence of coronavirus in those areas with a high percentage of residents over 70. As a researcher, I can say that if we had had these data in real time, it would have been possible to perform a more widespread monitoring and provide more detailed evidences, day by day, than to what the institutions were forced to do over the last month».

      Bergamo has to be taken in high regard since only in March 553 people died there, but only 201 were officially Covid positive. «The warning I had issued along with the other mayors seems well-founded - mayor of Bergamo Giorgio Gori says -. I hope they will use these numbers to figure out the exact scope of the infection as well as the policies they are going to put in place accordingly. Knowing the data is crucial to understand where we are and where do we want to go to recover from this emergency. I hope that analysing the data will lead to useful indication for politics».

      The tragedy Bergamo province is experiencing can teach a lot to Italy and to the rest of the world, too, where the infection came later, but with the same devastating force, if not worse. All the data collected over the following days will be made available to researchers and analysts, in order to properly study the case of Bergamo. To prevent it from happening again.

      https://www.ecodibergamo.it/stories/bergamo-citta/coronavirus-the-real-death-tool-4500-victims-in-one-month-in-the-provin

  • #Atalanta - #Valence, la « #partie_zéro » ?

    Le 19 février dernier, l’Atalanta de Gian Piero Gasperini explosait Valence (4-1) en huitième de finale aller de la Ligue des champions devant plus de 40 000 tifosi venus de Bergame et des alentours. Un moment historique pour le club lombard qui a néanmoins une face sombre. En effet, aujourd’hui, plusieurs médecins pensent que cette rencontre pourrait bien être l’une des causes majeures du chaos qui règne actuellement dans la cité italienne. Explications.

    Il y a un mois jour pour jour, Adriano Trevisan s’éteignait près de Padoue et devenait ainsi la première victime du Covid-19 en Italie. La première d’une longue série, qui ne cesse de s’étirer de l’autre côté des Alpes. Samedi, comme partout dans le pays, de nouveaux chiffres sont tombés à Bergame et ces derniers ne sont pas bons, évidemment. Rien que pour la journée, 715 nouveaux cas ont été recensés dans la « Cita dei Mille » , ville de 120 000 habitants, qui a déjà perdu 533 de ses citoyens depuis le début de la pandémie. Des citoyens qui ont peut-être reçu aujourd’hui un début de piste : et si la propagation express du virus était simplement due à la rencontre de #Ligue_des_champions Atalanta-Valence, disputé le 19 février dernier au #stade San Siro de Milan ?

    « Atalanta-Valence a été une #bombe_biologique »

    En effet, il y a un mois, plus de 43 000 spectateurs venus de Bergame et de ses environs venaient assister dans l’enceinte milanaise à un moment d’histoire. Ce soir-là, la Dea renversait Valence (4-1). Les quotidiens italiens parlaient de « fête » , de « nuit magique » , de « soirée inoubliable » . Des irréductibles qui ont suivi l’équipe depuis la Serie C, aux enfants qui ont manqué l’école pour assister à cette campagne européenne inédite pour leur club, tous voulaient en être. Sans savoir que ce serait au péril de leur vie. « J’ai entendu plein de théories (à propos de la propagation plus rapide qu’ailleurs du virus à Bergame, N.D.L.R.), voici la mienne, répond ce jour #Fabiano_Di_Marco, responsable du département pneumologie de l’hôpital Papa Giovanni XXIII de Bergame au Corriere della Sera. 19 février, 40 000 Bergamasques à San Siro pour Atalanta-Valence. En bus, en train, en voiture. Atalanta-Valence a été une bombe biologique. » En cause : la #promiscuité entre supporters dans un métro milanais bondé, dans les tribunes, autour des foodtrucks pour déguster de délicieux panini.

    Puis, ces moments de joie. Fêtés sans respect de consignes qui n’existaient pas encore. Parfois, même, en compagnies de certains des 2500 supporters valenciens ayant fait le déplacement à Milan. Pour échanger des fanions, faire des photos souvenirs, partager des bières dans un même réceptacle. Sans parler uniquement des supporters, le journaliste espagnol Kike Mateu, atteint du coronavirus, était présent au stade et a côtoyé ses confrères et consœurs dans les coursives du stade et en salle de presse. Chez les joueurs, aussi. Si Ezequiel Garay (premier joueur infecté en Liga) n’était pas du voyage en Italie, près de 35% de l’effectif de Valence est infecté aujourd’hui. Cela fait déjà quelques coïncidences.

    Prier pour Bergame

    Depuis l’hôpital Umberto I de Rome, le médecin Francesco Le Foche n’écarte pas non plus l’hypothèse. « Il y a probablement eu plusieurs déclencheurs et catalyseurs pour expliquer la diffusion du virus, explique-t-il au Corriere dello Sport. Le match #Atalanta-Valencia aurait très bien pu être l’un d’entre eux. Il a été le point culminant de l’#euphorie_collective dans une saison de football unique pour ce club. Un mois s’est écoulé depuis ce match, le timing est donc pertinent. Le regroupement de milliers de personnes, à quelques centimètres les unes des autres, se livrant à des manifestations d’euphorie comme des étreintes ou des cris, tout cela a pu favoriser la #propagation du virus. »

    Si la Serie A doit reprendre ses droits le 2 mai prochain, et que le Napoli compte reprendre le chemin de l’entraînement la semaine prochaine, pas sûr que l’on rejouera de sitôt en Lombardie et à Bergame. Du moins, pas avec du public. En attendant, du côté de l’Atalanta, aucun membre de l’effectif n’a (à ce jour) été recensé comme étant atteint du Covid-19. Federica Percassi, la fille du président de l’Atalanta, a appelé sur Instagram « à prier pour Bergame » ce lundi à 12h. Malheureusement, il n’y a plus que cela à faire, car il est trop tard, et surtout inutile, d’avoir des remords concernant une rencontre qui devait être une fête comme une autre.

    https://www.sofoot.com/atalanta-valence-la-partie-zero-481483.html
    #foot #football #match_de_foot #coronavirus #Bergame #Italie #contamination #cas_zéro
    ping @simplicissimus @fil

  • ’A generation has died’: Italian province struggles to bury its #coronavirus dead

    Coffins pile up and corpses are sealed off in homes as Bergamo’s funeral firms are overwhelmed.

    Coffins awaiting burial are lining up in churches and the corpses of those who died at home are being kept in sealed-off rooms for days as funeral services struggle to cope in Bergamo, the Italian province hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

    As of Wednesday, Covid-19 had killed 2,978 across Italy, all buried or cremated without ceremony. Those who die in hospital do so alone, with their belongings left in bags beside coffins before being collected by funeral workers.

    In Bergamo, a province of 1.2 million people in the Lombardy region, where 1,959 of the total deaths in the country have taken place, 4,305 people had contracted the virus by Wednesday. The death toll across the province is unclear, but the situation has become so intense that on Wednesday night the army was brought in to move 65 coffins from the cemetery in Bergamo town and take them to Modena and Bologna in Emilia-Romagna.

    CFB, the area’s largest funeral director, has carried out almost 600 burials or cremations since 1 March.

    “In a normal month we would do about 120,” said Antonio Ricciardi, the president of CFB. “A generation has died in just over two weeks. We’ve never seen anything like this and it just makes you cry.”

    There are about 80 funeral companies across Bergamo, each receiving dozens of calls an hour. A shortage of coffins as providers struggle to keep up with demand and funeral workers becoming infected with the virus are also hampering preparations.

    Hospitals have adopted more stringent rules regarding the handling of the dead, who need to be placed in a coffin straight away without being clothed due to the risk of infection posed by their bodies. “Families can’t see their loved ones or give them a proper funeral. This is a big problem on a psychological level,” said Ricciardi. “But also because many of our staff are ill, we don’t have as many people to transport and prepare the bodies.”

    For those who die at home, the bureaucratic process is lengthier as deaths need to be certified by two doctors. The second is a specialist who would ordinarily have to certify the death no later than 30 hours after a person has passed away.

    “So you have to wait for both doctors to come and at this time, many of them are also ill,” added Ricciardi.

    Stella, a teacher in Bergamo, shared the story of one of the deceased with the Guardian. “Yesterday, an 88-year-old man died,” she said. “He’d had a fever for a few days. There was no way to call an ambulance because the line was always busy. He died alone in his room. The ambulance arrived an hour later. Obviously, nothing could be done. And since no coffins were available in Bergamo, they left him on the bed and sealed his room to keep his relatives from entering until a coffin could be found.”

    Adding to the torment is the fact that relatives cannot visit their loved ones in hospital, or give them proper funerals.

    “Usually you would be able to dress them and they would stay one night in the family home. None of this is happening,” said Alessandro, whose 74-year-old uncle died in Codogno, the Lombardy town where the outbreak began. “You can’t even see them to say goodbye, this is the most devastating part.”

    The harrowing impact of the virus on Bergamo can be gleaned from the obituary section of the local newspaper L’Eco di Bergamo. On Friday, reader Giovanni Locatelli shared online footage comparing the newspaper’s obituary section on 9 February, when listings took up just one page, to a copy dated 13 March, when 10 pages were needed to commemorate the dead. On Sunday, Il Messaggero posted a video of coffins lined up in a church.

    “We have asked for support from funeral companies nationally as deaths have risen exponentially,” said Pietro Bonaldi, the director of Lia, a business association in Bergamo. “We have reached capacity. And unfortunately, in recent days a lot of funeral workers have become sick with the virus and so can’t work.”

    Elsewhere in Italy, there have been cases of funeral companies refusing to take bodies, for example in Naples, where the body of Teresa Franzese, 47, was kept at home for almost two days before it was collected.

    All religious ceremonies, including funerals, masses and weddings, are banned amid the lockdown. However, two priests, one near Venice and another in the southern Campania region, were charged for officiating a funeral.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/generation-has-died-italian-province-struggles-bury-coronavirus-dead?CM
    #Italie #morts #Bergamo #Bergame #armée #cadavres #funérailles #cimetières #covid-19 #décès

  • I monumenti alla Resistenza in Italia

    Wikiradio del 25/04/2017 - Rai Radio 3

    https://www.raiplayradio.it/audio/2017/04/I-monumenti-alla-Resistenza-in-Italia---Wikiradio-del-25042017-ce46345f

    Il 25 aprile 1977 a #Bergamo viene inaugurato il Monumento alla Resistenza di Giacomo Manzù con Flaminio Gualdoni

    Repertorio:

    – Primo anniversario della Liberazione - Settimana Incom Archivio Storico Istituto Luce;
    – Testimonianze di uomini e donne della resistenza - dal documentario PARTIGIANI - La storia siamo noi Archivio Rai.
    –Fuochi sulla montagna-Casa del vento.
    – Frammento di intervista a Manzù su realizzazione del monumento alla resistenza di Bergamo - TGR Archivio Rai

    #podcast #wikiradio #RaiRadio3 #monument #mémoire #résistance #partisan #Italie #WWII