The Misplaced Days That Made Bergamo a Coronavirus Tragedy

Mr. Conte’s office replied, according to the Times correspondence, that a ministerial-level meeting would be held on Saturday two days later and that no decision would be made until then.

By March 6, law enforcement had started to settle at the hotel.

The police filled the hours by inspecting the routes they were supposed to close off and holding briefings in the basement. The commanders drew maps of the cities and their streets on an easel.

“You knew everything by heart,” said Ms. Arzuffi, the hotel owner.

During the exercises, Mr. Conte met again with the Scientific Committee in Rome on March 6th. According to Mr Speranza, the committee told Mr Conte that the Bergamo closure was no longer the problem. All of Lombardy, including Milan, had to be closed.

Two days later, on March 8th, Mr. Conte did just that.

Mr Conte has presented himself as asking scientists to think bigger and braver, telling them, “Shouldn’t we be thinking of more radical measures?”

Later that day, the police at the Continental Hotel packed up and left.

“Nothing happened,” said Mr. Cancelli.

When authorities decided what to do, the virus seemed to spread everywhere and touch everyone. Infections ravaged homes and apartments. People started to die.

Mr Orlandi, the burly truck driver who once delighted the kids in his family by wringing his thumbs with his gaping hands, died the day after his family learned he’d contracted the virus. Part of his family was infected and also died.

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