Coronavirus: concern in Italy for the 500 colleagues of a thirties carrying the virus

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TRANSMISSION – While an Italian has been confirmed to be a carrier of the coronavirus, the authorities carried out a first battery of tests on his closest colleagues, the authorities said on Friday. Problem: they are five times more to gravitate around the patient daily. Enough to fear the start of an epidemic.

Like everyone else, after the holidays, the 30-year-old returned to work. Except he was a carrier of the coronavirus. In intensive care since Wednesday, he is one of 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the region of Lombardy, Italy, including 14 infected with his contact. But it was not until last Friday that this Italian executive stopped working. At Uniliver, a factory in this region of northern Italy, the time is for concern. Some 500 people gravitate around this employee daily.

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Man spent several days at work

Hospitalized in intensive care, this first case in the region is a manager at Unilever. This factory is the largest in the industrial area of ​​Casalpusterlengo, a town in the heart of the Lodi region. This Friday morning, it was with some dismay that the employees returned to work. Because for the moment, only the company canteen has remained closed. Asked by La Reppublica, employees do not understand. If it is, in fact, stopped, the multinational specialized in consumer products has indeed not yet decided to close its doors. In the early afternoon, doctors and health workers even appeared there to carry out tests. For the moment, only a hundred colleagues of the 38-year-old patient are concerned, namely those who worked directly in his department. A decision that questions union organizations. “Every day people from all over the region come here and then go home!” indignant one employee. What contaminate a very large area.

A spread that has already started. The patient has already infected his wife, eight months pregnant, and a friend with whom he was running. This is why, unlike the company, the mayor of Codogno, a locality of around 15,000 inhabitants, where the 30-year-old is from, has taken firm measures. The municipality has ordered the immediate closure of schools, municipal offices, food stores, bars, nightclubs and sports halls. A shutdown that will last from 48 hours to five days. The region has also invited the inhabitants of this commune, and ten others, to “stay at home”. To testify to the concern of the health authorities, nothing better than the figures. A total of 250 people were placed in solitary confinement.

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For his part, the president of the Council of Ministers, Giusseppe Conte to call the population to “do not panic”. Difficult however for her to remain serene. So, will the employees come back on Monday? We will have to wait until the end of the weekend to find out.

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