Italian prosecutors question Conte over handling of coronavirus outbreak
But it has reignited an emotional debate in Italy about the initial days of the coronavirus crisis and how officials, in Rome and in the country’s north, responded to early warning signs.
A rigid lockdown and other safety precautions eventually helped substantially slow the virus nationwide. But those restrictions were put in place only after a disaster had already been set in motion — nowhere more so than in Bergamo, where deaths in March were 568 percent above the 2015-to-2019 average and where military trucks lined up outside hospitals to carry away the dead.
Conte’s meeting with the prosecutors, who questioned him at the prime minister’s residence here, was not open to the public. Earlier in the week, he said he was “not worried at all” about the proceedings, and he has defended his handling of the crisis.
The inquiry in Bergamo is one of several unfolding across Europe that will help determine whether officials might face legal consequences for their strategies during the pandemic.
[Source: Washington Post]