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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 2.16 AM IST

Watch this video from a hospital in Italy where you see patients gasping for air

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ROME: A disturbing new report by a news outlet named Sky News gave the world a peek into what a hospital ward filled with coronavirus patients looks like.

The footage comes from a makeshift hospital in Italy's hardest-hit region of Bergamo. Staff members can be seen rushing through wards with beds full of coronavirus patients struggling to breathe.

The footage was taken inside the Papa Giovanni XXII hospital in the crisis-hit area of Bergamo in Lombardy region, Sky News reported.

Lorenzo Grazioli, who works at the hospital but was previously based in Leicester, told Sky News: "I have never felt so stressed in my life. I'm an intensivist, and I am quite used to intense moments, and the choices, and people are critical and die without any treatment, and you (usually) make the difference.

"But when you are at this point you realise that you are not enough. We are 100 anaesthetists, we are doing our best, but maybe it's not enough."

The head of emergency care, Roberto Cosentini, said they have never seen anything like it, and he and his staff were warning other countries that they would see it soon.

"It's a severe pneumonia, and so it's a massive strain for every health system, because we see every day 50 to 60 patients who come to our emergency department with pneumonia, and most of them are so severe they need very high volumes of oxygen.

"And so we had to reorganise our emergency room and our hospital (to) three levels of intensive care," he added.

The report goes on to state that in Bergamo, officials have been forced to turn the chapel of a cemetery into a mortuary chamber as they cannot cope with the number of people killed by a coronavirus. Meanwhile, military trucks have reportedly been deployed across Italy to transport scores of bodies to be cremated.

The country's healthcare system has been overwhelmed by the virus and on Thursday a visiting Chinese Red Cross team criticised the failure of Italians to fully quarantine and take the national lockdown seriously.

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