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They're images we'll never forget and which, despite causing us pain, have made us proud.

Images of hospitals such as the Giovanni XXIII in Bergamo, which for weeks held the unenviable title of the city with the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the entire world. Here, in the intensive care units and the ER departments converted into sub-intensive care units for the emergency, doctors and paramedics worked flat out, with 20-hour shifts, to help an unimaginable number of patients, as they tried to save their lives.


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Images of doctors and nurses called to work in facilities created from almost nothing in record times, unique examples of flexibility and creativity in response to the pandemic seen nowhere else in the world. Take, for example, the cruise ship in Genoa which was transformed into a genuine floating hospital in just 48 hours and capable of taking hundreds of patients (and relieving the stress on land-based facilities). Or the many hotels which were converted into health facilities to accommodate Covid patients who, having been discharged from hospital but still testing positive, were unable to return home as they posed a threat to their families.

And the images of all those who, day and night, were on the front line in the fight against the virus: emergency service workers, soldiers building field hospitals, Civil Protection and Italian Red Cross staff and the volunteers with organisations that continued to help and offer comfort to the homeless, the poor, the most deprived members of society that the emergency threatened to send to an even darker place.



Bergamo, Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit of the Giovanni XXIII Hospital, in the days when the number of new patients put the facility's ability to respond under serious strain.

Cremona, the tents are disinfected in the field hospital built by the American NGO Samaritan's Purse.

Bollate (Milan). Fabio Masulli, an employee of Vivisol, the Sol Group company specialised in homecare health assistance, delivers a tank of oxygen to Livio Soffia, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

A drawing by a child thanking the ambulance volunteers.

On 18 March, the Winter Garden, a four-star hotel just a stone’s throw from Bergamo airport, made its facilities available to Covid-19 patients who had been discharged from hospital, but who still tested positive. They need to wait before going home so as to be absolutely certain of not posing a threat to their families. A physiotherapist with patients during the daily rehab sessions.

Milan, San Raffaele Hospital: workers are preparing a new IC unit paid for by a public campaign.

Milan, the van belonging to the charity Ronda della Carità e Solidarietà is parked and ready to provide assistance to the city’s homeless.

Milan, San Raffaele Hospital, model Anne Christensen has just given birth to a baby daughter, Audrey. With her are the midwife, her partner Iaki Calcagnile (a cook) and Prof. Massimo Candiani, Head of the Gynecology and Obstetrics ward (right).

Piacenza, the field hospital built by the Italian Army.

Genoa. A doctor wearing complete PPE checks on a patient on board the MV Splendid, which has been converted into a Covid-19 hospital.

Italy, Milan, Elisa, Michela and Antonio, volunteers from the charity SOS Milano on their evening rounds to help the city’s homeless.

At the Anselmo da Baggio public showers in Milan, the custodian welcomes users of the free service, taking their names and offering them a wash kit.

Bergamo, the Giovanni XXIII Hospital, Covid-19 patients in the ER, which was converted into a Coronavirus patient ward to cope with the huge number of patients during the peak days of the epidemic.

Piacenza, in the field hospital built by the Italian Army.

Jeunesse Kgninga, a young Cameroonian volunteer from Baranzate (near Milan), delivering food items to families in need.

Milan, radiologist and GP Tjen Tu-Van, who moved to Italy in 1979 from Vietnam, volunteers two days a week at the Anselmo da Baggio public showers.

Sanitisation workers at a company (in Sant'Egidio del Monte Albino, near Salerno) that makes metal containers for food.

Bergamo, a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit of the Giovanni XXIII Hospital, in the days when the number of new patients put the facility's ability to respond under serious strain.

In the trade fair exhibition centre in Bergamo, the Alpini National Association is planning a new hospital together with the Italian NGO Emergency.

Bollate (near Milan). Fabio Masulli, an employee of Vivisol, the Sol Group company specialised in homecare health assistance, has just delivered a tank of oxygen to Livio Soffia, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Genoa. Nurse Giulia Bellantonio, who has just finished her shift in the high-risk infection patient ward, is in the complex process of removing her PPE on board the MV Splendid, which has been converted into a Covid-19 hospital.

On 18 March, the Winter Garden, a four-star hotel just a stone’s throw from Bergamo airport, made its facilities available to Covid-19 patients who had been discharged from hospital, but who still tested positive. They need to wait before going home so as to be absolutely certain of not posing a threat to their families. A physiotherapist accompanies a patient to the room used for the daily rehab sessions.

Milan. Davide, a volunteer for the charity Ronda della Carità e Solidarietà, uses the computer to record the number of sleeping bags that have been distributed.

Cremona, preparing the field hospital designed by the American NGO Samaritan's Purse.

Olsi, a young Albanian, helps parish priest Don Paolo with a variety of useful tasks around the church grounds, like pruning olive trees in the adjacent garden.

Milan, San Raffaele Hospital. A midwife congratulates model Anne Christensen, who has just given birth to a baby daughter, Audrey.

On 3 May, the Winter Garden, a four-star hotel just a stone’s throw from Bergamo airport, which has made its facilities available to welcome Covid-19 veteran patients who had been discharged from hospitals, still accommodates 93 people. As every Sunday, Father Cristiano Re celebrates mass for them in the hotel's internal garden.

Bergamo, the triage room of the Giovanni XXIII Hospital, in the days when the number of new patients put the facility's ability to respond under serious strain.

Milan, in the evening volunteers from the Fondazione Progetto Arca take food to people in need.

Desio (near Milan), Silvia Micieli attends a meeting with Gianluca Sanvito, head of the local office of the trade association Confartigianato, and one of his colleagues. Together with her partner Riccardo Bertolini, Silvia launched a startup, but due to the Coronavirus lockdown Riccardo has been made redundant and the couple, who have a daughter aged 10, are now in difficulty. They have requested the 600 euro subsidy available from the government, as well as the suspension of mortgage payments on their home and repayments of the loan they took out to finance the startup.

Genoa. A doctor in complete PPE checks on a patient on board the MV Splendid, which has been converted into a Covid-19 hospital.

Milan, in the evening volunteers from the Fondazione Progetto Arca take food to people in need.