Di Maio proposes civic valour medal for medics, priests and others who died serving in Covid-19 emergency

epa08326607 Italian army soldiers wearing protective suits transport coffins onto military trucks from the Bergamo area to the cemetery of Cinisello Balsamo, near Milan, Cinisello Balsamo, 27 March 2020. Italy now has 80,589 covid-19 cases, 8,215 deaths and 10,361 recovered. EPA-EFE/Andrea Fasani

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Italian foreign affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio proposed giving a posthumous gold medal for civic valour to medical staff, priests and others who have died in the coronavirus emergency.

“We must honour those who, while fighting against the virus, gave their lives to save those of so many other Italians, “Di Maio said.

“A gold medal for civic valour awarded to these angels. Doctors, nurses, priests and many others. The country owes it to them. Let’s not give up”.


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