CORONAVIRUS: ITALIAN MILITARY TRUCKS TRANSPORT SCORES OF VICTIMS' COFFINS TO BE CREMATED

• The column of 15 army trucks manned by 50 soldiers brought the dead out of the city of Bergamo in Lombardy

• Coronavirus patients line the corridors in footage from inside Italian hospital, as military trucks transport scores of victims' coffins to be cremated

• Cemetery in Bergamo can no longer cope with the mounting death toll in the city, where at least 93 have died

• Mortuaries are full and crematorium staff have been handling 24 bodies a day, officials in Bergamo have said 



Coronavirus patients have been filmed laid out on hospital beds along the corridors of an Italian hospital in a chilling clip, while military trucks have been deployed to transport scores of victims' coffins to be cremated.


Footage from one overcrowded Bergamo hospital showed patients lying on hospital beds which were lining the corridor of an intensive care unit.


It came as Italy recorded a record 4,207 infections and 475 new deaths from the virus yesterday, squashing hopes that the unprecedented national lockdown was beginning to slow the spread of the pathogen.


The crisis is underlining how health services in northern Italy have been overwhelmed by the pandemic, with doctors describing hospitals in crisis and many medics working from makeshift tents.

The governor of Lombardy, the worst-affected region which includes Bergamo, said doctors and nurses in the region's hospitals were at their limits.


'I'm worried about the possibility they could succumb physically and psychologically because if they were to succumb, it would really be a disaster,' cemetery director Angeloni told Italian radio.


In separate footage taken at the San Marco di Zingonia hospital in Bergamo, patients are seen lying on beds which are crammed into the corridor of the intensive care unit.


The video shows patients on ventilators in overcrowded rooms, showing how the crisis has overwhelmed even the high-quality health service in northern Italy.


Italian media says the hospital is handling a large number of urgent Covid-19 cases, and many patients are said to have serious breathing problems.


Meanwhile, coffins of the deceased were whisked away on a fleet of army trucks last night after a cemetery in northern Italy was overwhelmed by the death toll.


The column of army vehicles brought the dead out of Bergamo on Wednesday night in what Italians have called 'one of the saddest photos in the history of our country'.


The cemetery, like the hospital, in Bergamo can no longer cope with the mounting death toll in the city, where more than 4,300 people have been infected and at least 93 have died.


Mortuaries are full and crematorium staff have been handling 24 bodies a day, including the regular drumbeat of non-virus deaths, meaning the bodies of virus victims have had to be dispatched to neighbouring provinces.


A medical worker wearing a protective mask and suit treats a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease in Cremona today

Prime minister Giuseppe Conte has now warned that quarantine measures 'must be extended beyond their original deadline'. Some had initially been due to expire as early as next Wednesday.


An army spokesman confirmed today that 15 trucks and 50 soldiers had been deployed to move bodies to neighbouring provinces.


Italian media said there were around 70 coffins in the grim procession last night as the bodies were taken from the crematorium to the highway and out of Bergamo.


Giacomo Angeloni, the local official in charge of cemeteries in Bergamo, said earlier this week that the crematorium was handling around 24 bodies a day, almost twice its normal maximum.