The bodies of deceased individuals who succumbed to the coronavirus were escorted away by a fleet of military vehicles.
In what has been called one of the saddest photos in the history of Italy, the images of the military vehicles have deeply affected residents of Bergamo and other cities struggling with the rising death toll.
Crematorium staff have been working around the clock, handling around 24 bodies per day- and often local facilities are too stocked to handle the rising count. In response, many virus victims are shipped to neighboring provinces for disposal.
At least 93 people have died of coronavirus in Bergamo and more than 4,000 have been infected.
Around 15 trucks and 50 soldiers were dispatched to handle the 70 coffins that needed to be taken out of Bergami.
According to the Daily Mail, one Italian referred to it as “one of the saddest photos in the history of our country.”
The Lombardy region appears to be the worst-hit, and local officials are concerned that the healthcare workers -currently stretched to their limits- may succumb to the virus.
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