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Russian military help stabilize coronavirus situation in Lombardy

On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte agreed during a phone call that Russia would send aid required by Italy to fight the coronavirus pandemic

MOSCOW, April 3. /TASS/. Russian specialists have helped stabilize the coronavirus situation at Lombardy’s care home for the elderly, Luiggi Zanotti, director of one of such homes, said in a video address released by the Russian defense ministry on Friday.

"The situation now is stabilizing but since mid-March we have 40 deaths. We tried to stabilize the situation but had been failing to do that until the Russians arrived," he said.

Russian military epidemiologists and specialists of the radiation, chemical and biological defense troops jointly with Italian military specialists have sanitized and disinfected 20 care home for the elder in Lombardy’s cities. More than 80,000 square meters of indoor premises have been disinfected.

On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte agreed during a phone call that Russia would send aid required by Italy to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Between the evening of March 22 and the morning of March 25, Russia sent 15 jets, transporting around 100 Russian military virologists and defense ministry specialists in epidemiology, eight nursing brigades, and equipment for diagnostics and disinfection. The Russian specialists are working in Bergamo, one of the most affected cities.