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Italian nurse killed herself over fear of passing on virus

‘Heavy stress’: Daniela Trezzi PICTURE: NEWSFLASH

A NURSE in Italy has killed herself after testing positive for coronavirus and fearing she had infected others.

Daniela Trezzi, 34, was working on the front line of the Covid-19 crisis at a hospital in Lombardy, the worst-affected region of Italy.

Confirming her death, the National Federation of Nurses of Italy expressed its ‘pain and dismay’.

It said Ms Trezzi had suffered ‘heavy stress’ because she feared she was spreading the virus while helping bring the crisis under control.

Yesterday, the death toll in Italy rose by 683 to 7,503, and the number of confirmed cases increased from 69,176 to 74,386, according to official figures.

More people have now died from coronavirus in Italy than in China, where the outbreak originated.

However, there was a glimmer of hope as the number of recoveries also rose to 9,362 yesterday from 8,326 on Tuesday.

Ms Trezzi had been working on the intensive care ward at the San Gerardo hospital in Monza, around nine miles from Milan, but was quarantined after showing coronavirus symptoms and testing positive for the disease.

General manager of the hospital Mario Alparone said she had been at home sick since March 10 and ‘was not under surveillance’.

Judicial authorities are now investigating her death, local media reported.

The nursing federation also revealed that ‘a similar episode had happened a week ago in Venice, with the same underlying reasons’.

It stated: ‘Each of us has chosen this profession for good and, unfortunately, also for bad: we are nurses.

‘The condition and stress to which our professionals are subjected is under the eyes of all.’

Figures released yesterday by the GIMBE foundation, an Italian research body, showed some 5,760 health workers had been infected with coronavirus — around eight per cent of infections.

The head of the foundation, Nino Cartabellotta, said this ‘phenomemon’ must be ‘curbed to safeguard those who take care of us’.