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Italian police are investigating the country's largest nursing home where as many as 190 people have died since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. 


The Pio Albergo Trivulzio nursing home in Milan is under investigation after what Italian media has called a 'massacre' of elderly residents. 


Prosecutors launched an investigation following allegations from staff that management prohibited doctors and nurses from wearing protective masks, for fear of alarming residents. 


A doctor and union leader have claimed that management downplayed the risk of infection and wrongly attributed the causes of death. 


The Trivulzio home denies wrongdoing, saying there were simply not enough testing kits for its 1,000 residents.  



Attilio Fontana, the governor of Lombardy, said he had opened a commission of inquiry into the deaths at the Milan home. 


Investigators have seized documents as they probe a death toll which Italian media says is as high as 190 during March and April. 


The home's medical records were seized on Monday to determine whether staff negligence caused the virus to spread and kill the residents. 


Relatives are demanding answers after reports that medical staff were prohibited from wearing protective gear. 


One report in La Repubblica said that a supply of masks had been taken out of the home by unknown operatives who said they were being given to 'those who really needed them' 


A group called the Committee for Justice and Truth for Victims of Trivulzio is gathering testimony from relatives who are considering legal action.     


The Trivulzio home has said it followed all security protocols and is cooperating with investigators.


The home's management also claimed that the number of deaths in recent weeks was in line with the 2019 figures.   


Fontana said authorities would also investigate the 'real situation' across the region's nursing homes, amid fears that large numbers of cases and deaths are being missed.



Care home deaths are thought to represent a significant hidden death toll across Europe because many elderly residents have died without being tested for the virus.  


'There is an underestimate of deaths in nursing homes, it's futile to deny it,' said Dr Giovanni Rezza, head of infectious disease at Italy's National Institutes of Health.  


Rezza did not answer why residents were not being tested en masse, as Austria has promised to do for its 130,000 care home residents and workers.


But he acknowledged that entire clusters of infection had been traced to nursing homes, including in the Lazio region around Rome. 


Italian deputy health minister Pierpaolo Sileri told Radio Capitale that inspectors backed by the Carabinieri's health care squad would be gathering evidence.   


'One thing is certain, where there are fragile people and critical situations in nursing homes, there are more risks and it's correct to go and check,' Sileri said. 


'Milan isn't the only case in Italy; there have been similar situations near Catanzaro, in Sicily and in Lazio. I'm not identifying only one place, we're checking across the board.'


The toll has been so high that Italy's National Institutes of Health launched a specific study for nursing homes nationwide to try to get a handle on what went wrong.  


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Italian police probe care home 'massacre' after 190 deaths

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Italian police are investigating the country's largest nursing home where as many as 190 people have died since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. 


The Pio Albergo Trivulzio nursing home in Milan is under investigation after what Italian media has called a 'massacre' of elderly residents. 


Prosecutors launched an investigation following allegations from staff that management prohibited doctors and nurses from wearing protective masks, for fear of alarming residents. 


A doctor and union leader have claimed that management downplayed the risk of infection and wrongly attributed the causes of death. 


The Trivulzio home denies wrongdoing, saying there were simply not enough testing kits for its 1,000 residents.  



Attilio Fontana, the governor of Lombardy, said he had opened a commission of inquiry into the deaths at the Milan home. 


Investigators have seized documents as they probe a death toll which Italian media says is as high as 190 during March and April. 


The home's medical records were seized on Monday to determine whether staff negligence caused the virus to spread and kill the residents. 


Relatives are demanding answers after reports that medical staff were prohibited from wearing protective gear. 


One report in La Repubblica said that a supply of masks had been taken out of the home by unknown operatives who said they were being given to 'those who really needed them' 


A group called the Committee for Justice and Truth for Victims of Trivulzio is gathering testimony from relatives who are considering legal action.     


The Trivulzio home has said it followed all security protocols and is cooperating with investigators.


The home's management also claimed that the number of deaths in recent weeks was in line with the 2019 figures.   


Fontana said authorities would also investigate the 'real situation' across the region's nursing homes, amid fears that large numbers of cases and deaths are being missed.



Care home deaths are thought to represent a significant hidden death toll across Europe because many elderly residents have died without being tested for the virus.  


'There is an underestimate of deaths in nursing homes, it's futile to deny it,' said Dr Giovanni Rezza, head of infectious disease at Italy's National Institutes of Health.  


Rezza did not answer why residents were not being tested en masse, as Austria has promised to do for its 130,000 care home residents and workers.


But he acknowledged that entire clusters of infection had been traced to nursing homes, including in the Lazio region around Rome. 


Italian deputy health minister Pierpaolo Sileri told Radio Capitale that inspectors backed by the Carabinieri's health care squad would be gathering evidence.   


'One thing is certain, where there are fragile people and critical situations in nursing homes, there are more risks and it's correct to go and check,' Sileri said. 


'Milan isn't the only case in Italy; there have been similar situations near Catanzaro, in Sicily and in Lazio. I'm not identifying only one place, we're checking across the board.'


The toll has been so high that Italy's National Institutes of Health launched a specific study for nursing homes nationwide to try to get a handle on what went wrong.  


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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