Tuesday 18th February 2020 Mattia Maestri, 38, an employee of the multinational Unilever, goes to the emergency room of his town, Codogno in the province of Lodi. He has a high fever and other symptoms consistent with a respiratory disease. According to the chronicles, he is proposed to be hospitalized but the man decides to return home. He comes back a few hours later, in the night between 18 and 19 February, because his condition worsens.
On the evening of Wednesday 19 February the first leg of the round of 16 is played at San Siro Champions league between Atalanta and Valencia. The Bergamo club has obtained the Milanese stadium to accommodate more than double an audience (Approximately 46 thousand spectators) compared to the capacity of the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium. The match, won by the Italian club 4-1, will be considered one of the most popular vehicles of the contagion in the province of Bergamo, which will be hit hard. According to the regional councilor for welfare Giulio Gallera, also the hay fair of Orzinuovi, in the lower Brescia area, was a factor. Months later we will know that Cov-Sars-2 has been around since at least November 2019.
Thursday 20 February so-called patient 1 is transferred to resuscitation with bilateral interstitial pneumonia. At 9 pm the anesthetist Annalisa Malara subjects the patient to a swab which gives a positive result. For Maestri begins an ordeal which, fortunately, will end happily on March 24 with his resignation from San Matteo di Pavia. The spasmodic search for the patient Zero. The greaser is identified in a colleague with whom Maestri has been to dinner several times and who has returned from Shanghai on January 21.
Man is brought to Sacco from Milan, he swabs and is questioned at length by doctors. As is usually the case with infectors, he has nothing to do with it but after him the tracking of patient zero will go on for weeks in vain.
The same February 20, around midnight, the commissioner Gallera announces to the press that in Lombardy there is a positive al Covid-19, the disease that develops from the Cov-Sars-2 virus and which has affected the city of Wuhan, messa in lockdown Thursday 23 January, two days before the year of the Rat begins, according to the Chinese calendar.
Friday 21 February, while Gallera declares that there are fifteen positives in Lombardy, a Vo’ Euganeo in the province of Padua there is the first official death of Covid-19. Is called Adriano Trevisan, aged 78, and had been hospitalized in Schiavonia for ten days.
Saturday 22 February a government Dpcm Conte closes eleven municipalities between the area of the Euganean hills and the Lodi area. Two weeks after the conclusion of the Sanremo festival, begins the story of the most serious contagion for a century in Italy.
The Chinese virus, in its variant developed in Germany, it is still called an epidemic and not a pandemic because it remains for a long time apparently limited to the territory of the peninsula.
February 18, 2021 they are counted 94560 official deaths to which perhaps twenty thousand must be added, detected by theState in the comparison of year-over-year mortality.
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