Order volunteers in action around Italy for the Covid19 healthcare emergency
The Order’s First Aid post in St Peter’s Square is open
Rome, 9 March 2020
Checking a small traveller
To tackle the Covid-19 healthcare emergency, the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps (CISOM) has been in action for some weeks. Its medical teams of doctors, nurses and volunteers have been present in 14 Italian airports since 5 February – over 1000-man days in just under a month. The teams participate in health-screening operations for passengers arriving on international flights, as decreed by the Italian Ministry of Health. With a daily average of 38 volunteers, 290 people alternate in emergency actions and in the airports of Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate, Bologna, Firenze, Pisa, Ciampino, Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Venezia, Treviso, Verona, Torino and Pescara.
Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps make checks
Update 12 March: The Order’s First Aid post in St Peter’s Square is now closed, following the closure of St. Peter’s Square by the Vatican City State authorities.