The video shows the corpse spilling on the toilet floor in a makeshift hospital room, while Italy is struggling with a pandemic.
Doctors in Naples are investigating the death of a man allegedly suffering from the coronavirus.
The person making the film can be heard: This man is dead. This is Cardarelli Hospital. Here we are, the E.R.
This woman in her own urine and stool, we don’t know if she’s alive or dead. That woman over there, we don’t know anything.
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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mayo said the video was the last shocking incident he had heard about in recent days in his native Campania.
He said… The situation in Naples and in many rural areas has got out of hand. The central government must intervene, because there is no more time to lose.
Southern Italy remained relatively insensitive to the first wave of the coronavirus compared to the north and is now in a pandemic situation.
Doctors are investigating death at Cardarelli Hospital.
Hospitals in Naples and in rural areas are overcrowded with patients (Photo: EPA).
The number of cases on Wednesday exceeded one million nationally, half of which only in the last 19 days.
The official death toll in Italy is currently 43,589, the sixth highest in the world.
Hospitals throughout the country are struggling to cope with the rapid increase in the number of cases, but the poorer south was particularly poorly equipped, although it tried to strengthen its protection throughout the summer.
In Naples, patients were given oxygen and drips were administered through the car windows while waiting for hours for the results of the coronavirus tests or for hospitalization.
Further south, on the island of Sicily, the mayor of Palermo warned on Monday that an inevitable massacre was imminent in his region as infections continued to increase.
Another patient got out of bed in an overcrowded makeshift room in Naples.
Medical staff arriving at the emergency ward of Cardarelli Hospital (Photo: EPA)
The president of the doctors’ union, Anao Assomeda, Carlo Palermo, said… The North has always had a well-equipped health care system spread throughout the region.
The situation may not be ideal, but the south is a desert by comparison.
The latest government figures for 2018 show this discrepancy: Annual per capita health expenditure is EUR 2 054 (GBP 18 843) in the northern region of Liguria and EUR 1 973 (GBP 1 770) in the neighbouring region of Emilia-Romagna.
In Campania it was 1697 euros (£1522), the lowest in Italy, and 1706 euros (£1531) in the neighbouring region of Calabria.
But it’s not just a question of money, because mismanagement in the South costs as much.
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The issue was raised this month when the Commissioner for Health of Calabria gave an interview on public television, initially denouncing the long-delayed emergency plan for dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
In support of his position, Saverio Cotticelli, a retired general, submitted a letter from the Ministry of Health setting out the guidelines.
The truth is, he was really responsible for the recording, slowly came before the camera. The next day, he resigned.
At the beginning of the year there were 146 beds in intensive care in Calabria. By the end of October the number had risen to 154, although the Roman government had asked the regions to double the capacity of the emergency rooms during the summer.
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When the national government divided the country into three levels this month because of different health risks, it immediately placed Calabria in the red zone and imposed a partial blockade.
Thanks to an algorithm based on 21 indicators, to everyone’s surprise the campaign was classified in the yellow zone with the lowest risk.
This decision raised the question of whether the region provided reliable data and the Ministry of Health in Rome had sent inspectors to investigate the situation.
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