Milan and Lisbon: Living and Dying in Europe


Milan / Lisbon – One continent, two worlds. While Italy is waking up from the corona coma and the restaurants are reopening, Portugal is developing more and more into a corona hell.

BILD reporters report on life and death in Europe:

MILAN

Wednesday morning in the shadow of the world-famous cathedral: freshly brewed espresso is served at the next table, the chef comes to my table in person with a full plate of spaghetti: “Buon appetito!” End of lockdown, cafes and museums are open again. On Tuesday, 12,000 new cases were reported – three weeks ago it was more than 18,000. It is noticeable: the dolce vita feeling is returning.



No more lockdown, La Dolce Vita in Milan: BILD reporter Kira Ortmann treated herself to a plate of spaghetti on WednesdayPhoto: Fredrik von Erichsen

LISBON

Because the morgue in the Barreiro Montijo hospital is too full, the corona dead are stored in two refrigerated containers in the parking lot. We are standing in front of the clinic, in 15 minutes three hearses will drive up and take the coffins away. The crematoria are also overloaded: Instead of one to two days, people have to wait over ten days before they can bury their relatives.

Portugal is currently one of the worst hit countries in the world. The 7-day incidence (number of infections per 100,000 population) is over 800.

The most severe cases in Portugal are treated in the intensive care unit of the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon. João Ferreira Ribeiro, head of the intensive care unit, tells BILD: “We are almost at the limit of our capacity here. If a bed is free, a new patient comes immediately. ”The intensive care units across the country are 94% occupied.


João Ferreira Ribeiro, head of intensive care medicine at a Lisbon clinic

João Ferreira Ribeiro, head of intensive care medicine at a Lisbon clinicPhoto: Christian Spreitz


Corona hell Portugal: 94 percent of the intensive care units are occupied

Corona hell Portugal: 94 percent of the intensive care units are occupiedPhoto: Christian Spreitz

Because the hospitals are overflowing, the Bundeswehr landed yesterday with an Airbus A400M. On board: a 26-strong aid team, ventilators, infusion pumps.

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