The former President of the European and Italian Society for Virology attributed Italy’s unmatched surge in novel Coronavirus deaths – even allegedly surpassing China – to the government’s fear of being labeled “racist” for barring Chinese entry.
Dr. Giorgio Palù, also a Professor of Virology and Microbiology at the University of Padova, expressed concern over the Italian government’s inadequate response to the virus, a grave flaw that has continued since the onset of the outbreak, in a CNN interview.
Currently, Italy is leading globally with over 6,000 deaths and is likely to stop treatment for individuals over 80 and in poor health.
A specific error Dr. Palù highlights is how the Italian government ignored testing in an area with the virus:
“We should have done more diagnostic tests in Lombardy where there was a big nucleus. There is no sense in trying to go to the supermarket once a week. You have to limit your time out, isolation is the key thing.”