Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has visited the northern Italian city of Bergamo to reflect on people who died of Covid-19.
He opened “the Forest of Remembrance”, a park in memory of the victims.
According to health authorities, in Italy, which has a population of 60 million, more than 100,000 patients with a corona infection have died. The average age of a deceased patient was 80 last year.
A striking number of deaths, around 40 percent, were in the northern region of Lombardy, which was then considered the epicentre of the coronavirus originating from China in Europe. Bergamo is in the middle of this region.
Draghi said that “we cannot hug each other, but are more united than ever”. He also laid a wreath in the Bergamo cemetery.
The city became world news a year ago because funeral homes turned out to be unprepared for the many deaths and the army came to the rescue on March 18, 2020 with trucks to remove coffins. That date is now an official day of remembrance, and the flags are at half-mast in Italy.