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Priest dies after giving his respirator to younger COVID-19 patient

Priest dies after giving his respirator to younger COVID-19 patient

1 hour ago 2Johnson orders UK lockdown to be enforced by policeSpain’s coronavirus death toll rises by 514 in one daya person standing in front of a building: Father Giuseppe Berardelli refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him. Pic: Catholic Outlook © Other Father Giuseppe Berardelli refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him. Pic: Catholic Outlook

An Italian priest who contracted coronavirus has died after donating his respirator to a younger patient who was also battling the illness.

Friar Don Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, was the priest for the parish of Casnigo, a small village just 40 miles north east of Milan.

He died in hospital in Lovere, Bergamo, one of the worst-hit areas in Italy.

According to the hospital, he refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him, and instead gave it to a younger patient he did not know.Nuns wearing a face mask stand inside the closed Monumental Cemetery of Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images) © Getty Nuns wearing a face mask stand inside the closed Monumental Cemetery of Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country’s lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)

In an obituary on Araberara, an Italian news website, one healthcare worker said: “He was a priest who listened to everyone, he knew how to listen, whoever turned to him knew that he could count on his help.”

Clara Poli, who had been mayor of Fiorano for some years, described the priest as a “great person”.

She told the news publication: “I remember him on his old Guzzi motorbike, he loved his motorbike, and when he was seen passing by he was always cheerful and full of enthusiasm, he gave peace and joy to our communities.Medical workers in protective gear tend to a patient (Rear L) on March 24, 2020 at the new COVID 3 level intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images) © Getty Medical workers in protective gear tend to a patient (Rear L) on March 24, 2020 at the new COVID 3 level intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, during the country’s lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

“He does not leave us alone, from up there he watches over us and continues to run through the clouds with his motorcycle, who knows how many projects he is doing up there, also for us.”

As Bergamo is one of the worst-hit areas in the world for COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus, no funeral was held for Friar Berardelli.

In pictures: Coronavirus (COVID-19) hits UK amid global pandemic (Photos)

Slide 1 of 66: Deserted platforms are seen on the underground train network just after 9am, during what would usually be the busy morning rush hour period, on March 23, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more.Previous SlideNext SlideFull Screen 1/66 SLIDES © Leon Neal/Getty Images

With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causing significant global disruption in 2020, the U.K. has escalated its response by encouraging individuals to work from home where possible, advising against all essential travel and social contact, and ordering pubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, gyms and leisure centres across the country to close indefinitely. Addressing the public with daily updates on the ongoing situation, the government is responding by implementing emergency measures and delivering an unprecedented economic relief package estimated to cost over £400 billion.

As individuals and groups across the U.K. prepare for increasingly stringent measures, we look at the situation in the country and around the world in pictures.

(Pictured) Deserted platforms are seen on the underground just after 9am, during what would usually be the busy morning rush hour period, at Monument station in London, England on March 23.    2/66 SLIDES© Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images A ticket inspector walks through an empty train carriage as the Dartmouth Steam Railway suspends its services to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 22.        3/66 SLIDES© Ian Forsyth/Getty Images Visitors enjoy open spaces on the beach in Saltburn By The Sea, England as the U.K. adjusts to life under the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 22. 4/66 SLIDES© Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images People queue outside a Tesco Extra store in Madeley, England on March 22. Tesco have announced their stores will now have a designated hour for NHS staff to shop during the coronavirus outbreak.  Slideshow continues on the next slide5/66 SLIDES© Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo Westminster Abbey stands deserted on Sunday morning, after places of worship were advised to suspend public gathering for religious services, in London, on March 22. 6/66 SLIDES© Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images A hand-written notice asking people to “Respect the NHS” by practising social distancing is seen on the seafront at Whitstable, England on Mother’s Day on March 22.    7/66 SLIDES© Simon Dawson/Reuters A pedestrian walks past an advertisement for ‘Panicky in the UK’ displayed on a phone box in the Soho are of London, England after they closed because of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 22.    8/66 SLIDES© John Keeble/Getty Images Leisure park Adventure Island in Southend on Sea, England is closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Mother’s Day on March 22.     9/66 SLIDES© Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Chinese men wear protective masks as they exercise at Ritan Park in Beijing, China on March 22. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hitting hard across the world, China recorded its first day with no new domestic cases the previous week.  Slideshow continues on the next slide10/66 SLIDES© Money Sharma/AFP via Getty Images People gather on balconies of a residential building to clap and make noise with kitchenware to thank essential service providers during a one-day Janata (civil) curfew imposed amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gurgaon, India on March 22.   11/66 SLIDES© Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his private library overlooking an empty St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican in Vatican City on March 22.  12/66 SLIDES© Anthony Devlin/Getty Images A banner supporting NHS staff is seen outside the 999 Switchboard Offices at Parkway Business Centre in Manchester, England on March 22.   13/66 SLIDES© Alexis Huguet/AFP via Getty Images The chief pastor of the Protestant church in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo poses for a photograph in the CBCA church deserted by the faithful following a presidential announcement asking places of worship to close for four weeks amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, on March 22.    14/66 SLIDES© Alex Davidson/Getty Images People are pictured in front of the National Gallery in London, England on March 21.  Slideshow continues on the next slide15/66 SLIDES© John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images A customer makes a purchase in The Swan Inn pub in Lewes, England, which has re-opened as a farm shop following Boris Johnson’s orders for pubs, cafes, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, leisure centres and gyms to close due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, on March 21.  16/66 SLIDES© Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images Johannes Weissenfeld, member of the German rowing eight, trains on the balcony of his apartment on in Dortmund, Germany on March 21.  17/66 SLIDES© Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images A man walks past the closed Noël Coward Theatre, in London, on March 21. 18/66 SLIDES© Yifan Ding/Getty Images Tourists wear protective masks while looking at otters at Shanghai Zoo in Shanghai, China on March 21. Many public places in the country reopened lately as the health authorities of China said the country has passed the peak of their coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. 19/66 SLIDES© Richard Heathcote/Getty Images A sign outside Cliveden in Burnham, England telling visitors they are closed after too many visitors arrived early to walk around the grounds on March 21.  20/66 SLIDES© Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images A man walks across Westminster Bridge in central London on March 21. 21/66 SLIDES© Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty Images Firefighters wearing protection suites participate in an instruction as a form of contingency and security against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on March 20.     22/66 SLIDES© Jason Cairnduff/Reuters Bags are left behind at Nettlefield Primary School in Belfast, Northern Ireland as the majority of schools in the UK close while the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-9) disease continues, on March 20.  23/66 SLIDES© Leon Neal/Getty Images Commuters attempt to keep some distance between each other before boarding an underground train in London, England on March 18.  24/66 SLIDES© Jane Barlow/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) greets a telephonist with an ‘elbow bump’ during her visit to the Scottish Government-supported Age Scotland helpline in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 18.   25/66 SLIDES© Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Commuters make their way through Waterloo Station in London, England on March 18.      26/66 SLIDES© Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images Passengers from the British cruise ship MS Braemar get on the plane that will take them to the UK at Jose Marti international airport, in Havana, Cuba on March 18. 27/66 SLIDES© Lim Huey Teng/Reuters A man looks at an information board displaying cancelled flights after Malaysia’s government closed its borders due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia on March 18. 28/66 SLIDES© Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images Commuters wear masks as a precaution whilst travelling on a London Underground train in the morning in central London, England on March 18. 29/66 SLIDES© Jeenah Moon/Reuters An empty Times Square is seen on the street following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in New York City, New York, U.S. on March 18.  30/66 SLIDES© Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Skateboarders skate outside Kelvingrove Museum as people are asked to work from home and socially distance themselves due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Glasgow, Scotland on March 18.       31/66 SLIDES© Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images At a beach that is popular with college spring breakers, authorities have asked them to refrain from large gatherings where coronavirus (COVID-19) could spread, in Miami, Florida, U.S. on March 18.  32/66 SLIDES© Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images A French Police Nationale officer gestures and talks to a man on the “Promenade des Anglais” in the French Riviera city of Nice on March 18.   33/66 SLIDES© Koji Sasahara/AP Photo People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan on March 18.    34/66 SLIDES© Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images A man and woman wear protective face masks and gloves as they cross Oxford Street in central London, England on March 17.  35/66 SLIDES© Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images A protester from the group “Pause The System” stands beside the entrance to Downing Street in central London, England on March 17.   36/66 SLIDES© Tom Brenner/Reuters Children ride scooters across the plaza at the United States Supreme Court, following the government’s notice to halt all building tours due to the (COVID-19) coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., U.S. on March 17.    37/66 SLIDES© Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images A commuter wearing a face mask crosses a near empty Millennium Bridge in London, England on March 17.    38/66 SLIDES© Maja Hitij/Getty Images Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s main institute for disease control, speaks to the media during a daily update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Berlin, Germany on March 17.  39/66 SLIDES© Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Passengers determined to avoid the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease before leaving the U.K. arrive at Gatwick Airport, England on March 17.  40/66 SLIDES© Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images Police officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France during a government enforced quarantine on March 17.  41/66 SLIDES© Jonathan Perugia/In Pictures via Getty Images A man walks underneath a government health warning poster on the concourse of Liverpool Street Station in London, England on March 17.    42/66 SLIDES© Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images Local residents line up to buy face masks, amid concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, from a pharmacy in New Taipei City in Taiwan on March 17.   43/66 SLIDES© Mike Hewitt/Getty Images “Stay home” is seen on a wall in Brighton, England on March 17.     44/66 SLIDES© STR/AFP via Getty Images A woman delivers food to a resident over a barrier set up to prevent people from entering or leaving a residential community in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, on March 16.   45/66 SLIDES© Richard Pohle/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty (L) and Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance (R) in Downing Street after he had taken part in the government’s emergency Cobra meeting in London, England on March 16.  
46/66 SLIDES© Juan Gonzalez/Reuters Local workers clean the streets as a precautionary measure amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Concepcion, Chile on March 16. 47/66 SLIDES© Ulises Ruiz/AFP via Getty Images Players from Guadalajara and Monterrey train prior to the Mexican Clausura soccer tournament at the Akron stadium in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico, on March 14. The match is played without a public audience as a preventive measure in the face of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  48/66 SLIDES© Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images People wave and clap their hands to signal appreciation for the country’s healthcare workers during a flash mob “Un applauso per l’Italia” (An applause for Italy) at the Garbatella district in Rome, Itlay on March 14.   49/66 SLIDES© Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images Trolleys piled high for delivery are seen as shoppers queue at the checkout of a supermarket in London, England on March 14.  50/66 SLIDES© Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on coronavirus (COVID-19), in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. on March 13.    51/66 SLIDES© Philip Fong/Juan Gonzalez A man wearing a face mask walks in the tunnel of a metro station with the board of the official 2020 Tokyo Olympics advertisement in Tokyo, Japan on March 11.    52/66 SLIDES© Matthew Horwood/Getty Images A food delivery rider is pictured in Cardiff, Wales on March 11. Food delivery services have reported a surge in sales as consumers opt to stay in during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the U.K.  53/66 SLIDES© Spencer Platt/Getty Images A worker cleans a subway station in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. as the city confronts the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, on March 11.   54/66 SLIDES© STR/AFP via Getty Images Staff members remove items after the final patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in a sports stadium in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, on March 8.  55/66 SLIDES© Aly Song/Reuters People take pictures of blooming cherry blossoms outside an entrance of a closed park as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China on  March 6.   56/66 SLIDES© Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters A man wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) rides on a train in Seoul, South Korea on March 5.  57/66 SLIDES© John Wessels/AFP via Getty Images A Muslim worshipper attends a mass prayer against coronavirus (COVID-19), in Dakar, Senegal on March 4.   58/66 SLIDES© Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters A man wearing a protective face mask stands at the Shinagawa station in Tokyo, Japan on Feb. 28.  59/66 SLIDES© STR/AFP via Getty Images A man rides past bags of vegetables being prepared for delivery on an almost empty street in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, on Feb. 26.  60/66 SLIDES© Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images People wearing protective face masks walk through a market in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong on Feb. 25.  61/66 SLIDES© Banaras Khan/AFP via Getty Images Pakistani soldiers wearing facemasks patrol near the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan, Pakistan on Feb. 25, as fears over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease escalate following an outbreak in neighbouring Iran.  62/66 SLIDES© Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters Military officers wearing face masks stand outside Duomo cathedral, closed by authorities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Milan, Italy on Feb. 24.   63/66 SLIDES© Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images A vendor wearing a protective facemask waits for customers at a shop in Beijing, China on Feb. 21.   64/66 SLIDES© Stringer/Getty Images A man wears a protective mask in Wuhan, China on Feb. 10.  65/66 SLIDES© Tyrone Siu/Reuters A passenger wears a face mask in a Hong Kong bound MTR train at Lo Wu MTR station before the closing of the Lo Wu border on Feb. 3.  66/66 SLIDES© Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Disinfection workers wear masks and spray antiseptic solution at the Incheon International Airport in South Korea on Jan. 27.  66/66 SLIDES

Instead people stood on their balconies at noon on 16 March and gave him a round of applause.

On 9 March, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed a national quarantine after the virus spread dramatically in the space of a few weeks.

More people have died after testing positive from coronavirus in Italy than anywhere else in the world – despite the stringent lockdown measures in place.

A total of 6,077 people have died in Italy after contracting the illness, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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