How Italian priests are sacrificing their lives to save coronavirus patients?

WION Web Team Milan, Italy Mar 25, 2020, 12.34 PM(IST)

File photo of Father Giuseppe Berardelli (Image courtesy: Oratorio Casnigo) Photograph:( Others )

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At least 50 priests have reportedly been killed by the deadly virus in the country.

Priests in Italy are giving up their chances of survival to save those who have been infected by the coronavirus.

At least 50 priests have reportedly been killed by the deadly virus in the country.

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The latest case is that of father Father Giuseppe Berardelli who died in hospital in Lovere, Bergamo, one of the worst-hit cities in Italy.

A 72-year-old Italian priest died from his coronavirus infection after sacrificing his ventilator so a younger patient could use it instead.

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A healthcare worker at the San Giuseppe di Casnigo rest home where he was being treated said Berardelli ''renounced'' the 

ventilator ''to assign it to someone younger than him.''

A Jesuit priest in New York praised Berardelli in social media posts that quickly went viral.

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The world's worst affected country with 6,820 deaths so far, Italy has been under prolonged lockdown as it tries to stop the spread of infections from the worst-hit northern region of Lombardy.