On March 26, the Russian Defense Ministry published an official statement providing additional details on its anti-COVID-19 operation in Italy’s Bergamo.
“In the city of Bergamo, representatives of the Ministries of Defenсe of Russia and Italy, the Department of civil defense and the Agency for public health protection held consultations on the needs of local authorities in the fight against coronavirus infection.
The consultations identified priority tasks that local authorities rely on Russian military specialists who have arrived in Bergamo to solve.
First of all, Russian medical and nursing teams will be allocated for the treatment of patients in 65 local geriatric houses. They are now adapted by local authorities to isolate and help elderly people who have contracted a coronavirus infection.
Each of the 8 medical and nursing teams will be assigned to 7-9 nearby geriatric houses.
In addition, representatives of local authorities expressed a special demand for large-scale sanitary treatment and disinfection of all health facilities and urban infrastructure, especially transport.
During the meeting, the Russian side confirmed that all the forces and means that arrived in Bergamo will be used for emergency assistance to the city and Italian citizens.
Teams of Russian military specialists will begin practical tasks tomorrow, March 27,” the statement on its website reads.
The Russian military started its deployment in Italy on March 22. Since then, it has sent at least 15 IL-76 military transport aircraft with specialists (medics and viral agent defense experts) and medical equipment to the country. The estimated number of deployed equipment is about 50 pieces, while the number of the Russian personnel involved in the operation is over 500.
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