Italy : Giuseppe Conte heard by the justice on the management of the crisis of the coronavirus - The Point

The Italian government will have to answer before the justice of its decisions taken during the outbreak of coronavirus ? Giuseppe Conte has in any case been he

Italy : Giuseppe Conte heard by the justice on the management of the crisis of the coronavirus - The Point

The Italian government will have to answer before the justice of its decisions taken during the outbreak of coronavirus ? Giuseppe Conte has in any case been heard Friday for nearly three hours by a magistrate. The prosecutor of Bergamo (North), Maria Cristina Rota, interviewed the Italian Prime minister to the prime minister's office in Rome, in the framework of an investigation on the delays in march in the creation of the "red zones" in two areas to the north of the country, as the epidemic exploded.

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The magistrate and his team, arrived at the prime minister's office in the early morning in front of the cameras of the journalists should also hear the ministers of Health, Roberto Speranza, and from the Inside, Luciana Lamorgese. The public prosecutor of Bergamo, martyr city of the Lombardy region, and the epicenter of the epidemic that has hit Italy, from early February to may, and more than 34 000 people died, leading several separate investigations related to that tragedy.

Release of responsibility

one of them became especially chronic these last few days in Italy. It focuses on the delays in the establishment of a "red zone" consisting of the two communes of this department, Nembro and Alzano Lombardo, in particular affected by the Covid-19. The central government and the leaders of the Lombardy region, reject the responsibility for this delay, which has had a dramatic impact with the saturation of the health system, the increase in mortality and the progression of the novel coronavirus in the region.

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on Wednesday evening, Giuseppe Conte had assured that he "would consciously state" the attorney " all the facts to his knowledge ", is saying, " not at all worried ". "All investigations are welcome ", he assured. In the context of this investigation, Silvio Brusaferro, president of the higher Institute of health (ISS) Italian, which advised the government in the management of the crisis, was heard Wednesday by the magistrates of Bergamo, but nothing has filtered about this hearing.

The responsible government ?

The president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana, and its regional head of Health, Giulio Gallera, had also been interviewed at the end of may, claiming that the decision to establish the "red zone" was up to the government in Rome. To the minister of regional Affairs, Francesco Boccia, the region would have been able of itself to establish those same " red zones ", the law authorizing it.

the Whole question is on that, the central government or of Lombardy had, between 3 and 9 march, to take this decision. The first "red zones" have been established at the end of February on the decision of the Italian government and concerned a dozen of municipalities in Lombardy, including Codogno, the city of " patient number one ". In early march, the epidemic has continued to spread, with two homes, more important, in the two communes of Nembro and Alzano, in the county of Bergamo.

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The technical and scientific Committee (CTS), which advises the government, Giuseppe Conte, has proposed to impose a " red zone ", judging that the situation " worsened in the whole of Lombardy ", while the ISS, advocated in his turn, the next day, to the same extent in these two communes. According to the Corriere della sera, Giuseppe Conte was once again met with these experts on the 6th of march, and finally choose to do the entire country a " red zone ", by a decree signed on march 7, and entered into force on the day after.

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Updated Date: 12 June 2020, 10:33

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