An Italian family who live in the red zone of north Italy have urged Brits to please listen to the advice and stay at home.
7,000 people have now died in Italy including 793 in one day, the country is literally on its knees.
Rosella and her family live in Treviso a ‘red zone’ and have been in lockdown since the end of February.
Rosella spoke exclusively to the Havering Daily.
“The people here have understood the importance of staying at home. Only key workers go to work, the rest of the country is staying at home.
“Only one person is allowed to go shopping and for my family that is my husband Mauro as he drives, so I have been indoors since the end of February.
“We are in the most hit area in Italy. People here understand that if you get sick, there is no room for you at the hospital, so you can die. Our doctors and nurses are getting sick and begging us please pray for us all.
“I urge the people there in London, please stay at home, read, tidy your house, do your garden, the time will pass. I am 67 years old, I have been asked to stay at home and I have. The more you stay home, the quicker the virus will stop spreading and pass. Look what has happened here.”
One of the worst affected towns in northern Italy has been Bergamo. Here the church bells that normally ring when a person has died out of respect, rang every fifteen minutes and had to stop. Now they ring just once a day as hundreds die every day.
“The military lorries come to take the coffins away. There are hundreds and hundreds of coffins. They don’t have a funeral because they are infectious, a priest says a prayer for all the coffins then the family receives the ashes, that’s it. The doctors cry as these people die alone without anyone to hold their hand and no one to comfort them. Londoners do not be like us here.
“We couldn’t have ever imagined that this is how our life was going to be, it has turned all our lives upside down. Please people in the UK stay at home and listen to the advice.”