The Italian Prime Minister, called for hearings on the background of managing the coronavirus epidemic

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Now that the outbreaks of the coronavirus epidemic have become weaker and rarer, when in Italy there are almost 4 new cases per million inhabitants, the country is practicing a return to normalcy left on hold for more than three months. Three months in which for every Italian the television sets of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte represented the only point of reference in the tragedy that led to the death of over 34,000 people. The Italian prime minister has repeatedly stated that he has acted in the best possible way in managing the Covid-19 epidemic that has hit northern Italy hard. But here, from Lombardy, from Bergamo, he arrives in Rome, an invitation named after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Conte is invited to hearings by the Prosecutor’s Office. The magistrates from Bergamo will come to the Italian capital on Friday to ask the head of the cabinet why the Government, at the end of February – beginning of March, did not declare two localities – Nembro and Alzano Lombardo – real outbreaks, red areas. Last night, while returning to Palazzo Chigi, the seat of government, Conte answered questions from journalists, stating that he was not at all concerned about the hearing and that he had done everything possible to save the country in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic. Together with Prime Minister Conte, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, and Luciana Lamorgese, the incumbent, will be heard. The magistrates of Bergamo, a martyr city, heard in the same investigation the president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana and other local representatives, but it is not yet clear who decided to declare the localities near Bergamo red areas to prevent the spread of the virus.

Hundreds of relatives of the victims who died of coronavirus infection are also seeking answers from authorities in Bergamo. The “Noi denunciaeremo” – “We will denounce” committee filed the first 50 complaints with the Bergamo prosecutor’s office regarding the way in which the crisis triggered by the coronavirus epidemic was managed. The purpose of the actions is to “seek the truth about what happened in Lombardy and beyond, in order to identify those responsible and do justice,” says committee chairman Luca Fusco. Fusco believes there is a political responsibility not to close Val Seriana in late February, with people continuing to circulate while the risk of infection was high.

From Rome, Mihaela Iordache, for RFI /



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