Monday, March 16, 2020

Italian newspaper prints 10 pages of obituaries in town hit by coronavirus

A video shows how an Italian newspaper went from having one and a half pages of obituaries to ten in just a month.

On February 9, there were only a few to print, but by March 13 there were dozens in Bergamo’s daily newspaper, in the Lombardy region.

Silvia Merler took video of both editions of L’Eco di Bergamo side by side, showing the contrast as Italy’s death toll soared.

By this morning, more than 1,800 people in the country had died after contracting Covid-19.

Mr Merler said: ‘This is the daily newspaper of Bergamo, one of the epidemic hotspot in Italy.

‘Please, stay at home and show this to anyone who tells you Covid-19 “is just like the flu”.’

Italy has now been on lockdown for almost a week.

The transport ministry banned passengers from taking ferries to the island of Sardinia and banned overnight train trips – which many in the north had been taking to reach homes and families in the south.