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Coronavirus in Italy: Order medical teams on the ground

Countrywide measures underway

Rome, 10 March 2020

The Order’s Italian Rescue Corps (CISOM) has medical teams working in pre-hospital triage in areas countrywide.

In Umbria, the medical teams are supporting the pre-hospital triage in Amelia and Narni and a CISOM tent has been set up at the hospital in Amelia; in Tuscany, a CISOM tent has been set up at the Volterra hospital. In Calabria, a CISOM tent has been set up at the hospital in Soverato , and the teams are cooperating with the regional “Emergenza Coronavirus” hotline; in Liguria, a medical team is checking temperatures in the port of Genoa.

The Order’s First Aid Post in St Peter’s Square is currently closed, as is the square itself.

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