A doctor in Italy has described the final moments of her coronavirus-infected patients.
It comes days after the whole of Italy was closed off to combat the spread of the coronavirus in a drastic government plan.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made the announcement as the disease's death toll in the country approaches 500 .
Now, Doctor Francesca Cortellaro, from the San Carlo Borromeo hospital in Milan has spoken candidly about the country's struggles following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dr Cortellaro told Italian newspaper Il Giornale: “You know what’s most dramatic? Seeing patients dying alone, listening to them as they beg you to say goodbye to their children and grandchildren.”
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Dr Cortellaro went on to say how coronavirus patients arrive on their own, and “when they are about to die, they sense it”.
“They are lucid, they do not go into narcolepsy. It is as if they were drowning, but with time to understand it,” she said.
She described how a dying grandmother had recently asked her to see her granddaughter.
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"I pulled out the phone and called her on video. They said goodbye. Soon after she was gone.
"By now I have a long list of video calls. I call it a farewell list."
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The Department of Health updated figure on Friday afternoon, hours after Sir Patrick Vallance said at least 60% of the population needs to contact COVID-19 in order to develop "heard immunity."
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned "many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time" on Thursday afternoon as the UK moved from "contain" to the "delay" phase over the coronavirus outbreak.
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