Diego Bianco, 46, passed away overnight on Friday at the home he shared with his wife and his son in Montello after suffering from a fever for 7 days.
The healthcare specialist – who was diagnosed with COVID-19 – worked for the Italian emergency ambulance service in the northern region of Italy, where over 1,200 people have died from the virus.
Following his diagnosis, his emergency service operations center was sanitized, and some of his colleagues have been instructed to self-isolate after experiencing symptoms associated with coronavirus.
As of today, there has been a total of 1,809 deaths out of 24,747 cases of coronavirus in Italy – the most anywhere outside of mainland China.
The news came after it was reported that Italian coronavirus patients who are 80 or older will not receive intensive care if the crisis worsens, under emergency plans being proposed in Turin.
The plans drawn up by civil protection officials warn that ‘it will be necessary to apply criteria for access to intensive treatment’ if there are too many patients.