Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian politician and media mogul, has made his own contribution to fight COVID-19. The donation €10 million from ex-PM should help to curb coronavirus in the Lombardy region, AC Milan official website reports.
Silvio Berlusconi, a former AC Milan president and owner, has made a significant donation to the Lombardy region to support emergency relief services fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The current COVID-19 crisis is the worst Italy has been ever affected. The pathogen originated in China came to Italy, which now remains the most-infected nation globally. Lombardy is the most vulnerable region of Italy, taking into account the coronavirus spreading’s pace.
“The new hospital is just Lombardy’s latest, most emphatic response to the coronavirus pandemic,” Giulio Gallera, the region’s ministry of health, said in a phone interview. “We’ve almost doubled intensive care beds in a matter of weeks and repurposed 150 hospitals across the region since the outbreak.”
As of Monday, the death toll in Italy surpassed the Chinese record, the confirmed cases and deaths have been growing day on day. The situation is deteriorating as the death toll stands at over 2,500 and the confirmed cases at over 31,000 according to Johns Hopkins University.
Berlusconi and other Italian wealthy families make donations to curb coronavirus
Berlusconi, the current owner of AC Monza, has donated 10 million euros to support the construction of about 400 intensive care units in the region to support the fight against the pathogen.
Several corporations and wealthy families across the north, including the billionaire Agnellis, founders of Fiat, have also made donations worth millions of euros, with much of the money earmarked for ventilators and mobile ambulances.
The new Milan facility is just one of the many medical building projects being fast-tracked across the region, which accounts for about 20 percent of Italy’s gross domestic product. Bergamo, a city 50 km from Milan that’s the epicentre of the crisis, is building a temporary field hospital. Cremona to the south, one of the first Lombard towns to suffer a virus outbreak, has added 60 new beds.