An Italian nurse who contracted the coronavirus has taken her own life after she feared she had spread it to others, it was reported.
Daniela Trezzi, 34, worked in the intensive care unit of the San Gerardo Hospital in the city of Monza, in the Lombardy region, which is the epicenter of Italy’s coronavirus crisis.
According to the National Federation of Nurses of Italy, Daniela had been at work since Italy was hit by the virus, around six weeks ago.
She had already suffered considerable stress after working on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak and had been released from work since March 10 after testing positive.
The nurses’ federation said Daniela became extremely anxious out of “fear of having infected others”, as per Il Messaggero reports.
“We express our pain and consternation over the suicide of our young colleague,” they said.
“Our 450,000 professionals will join together around the relatives and family of Daniela.”
The coronavirus death toll in Italy has now overtaken that of China, where it originated.
Doctors in Italy have warned the country is dealing with a “catastrophic” situation.
More than 2,600 medical workers have now been infected in Italy – more than 8% of the country’s total cases.
The information was given by a health foundation which noted that the “huge number” of infections was signaling “inadequate” protection equipment and procedure following for medical workers.
Doctors in Italy have said of patients who should naturally be in intensive care having to be left waiting on wards without the necessary equipment or workers to treat them properly.
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Source: Daily Mail