Italians Demand Justice Over Coronavirus Deaths
Italians are considering criminal trials for health officials after grieving relatives of coronavirus victims demanded justice for their negligence.
More than 45,000 people have joined NOI Denunceremo, meaning We will report, a Facebook group where testimonies are being gathered for magistrates.
The group was created by Luca Fusco whose father died from coronavirus in Bergamo, in the Lombardy region of Italy which has been worst-hit by the virus according to The Guardian U.K.
An official probe has already begun at a hospital in Alzano Lombardo in Bergamo, where coronavirus symptoms were not recognised and the disease spread through the facility and beyond.
Prosecutors in Lombardy are also investigating possible crimes of negligence and manslaughter following hundreds of deaths in care homes.
Lombardy’s prosecutors are targeting people in leadership who neglected the seriousness of the virus, thus, leading to deaths.
However, lawyers have already cautioned that the challenge will be to establish who exactly should take responsibility.
Meanwhile, doctors’ associations and unions have said they are planning legal action over the deaths of 144 medical workers to date, mostly due to the lack of protective equipment at the beginning of the emergency.
Robert Lingard, an Italian who lives in London, has filed legal action with a prosecutor after two of his relatives died and three others were in intensive care.
The prosecutor will help establish whether campaigns in Milan and Bergamo encouraging people to carry on as normal, such as going to bars and restaurants or shopping, during the early stage of the outbreak constitute criminal negligence.
He insisted that public authorities were aware of the seriousness of the virus due to data coming out of China and that large scale containment would be necessary but nonetheless seemed to ‘act in denial’.
In Italy, lots of people have died from the virus outbreak, the death rate is over 25,000.