The spread of the coronavirus is affecting Italy in more ways than meet the eyes.
In order to protect the most vulnerable, all visits to nursing homes and hospices have been prohibited.
This means that dying patients can’t have their loved ones by their side.
Chiara Z. – a teacher from Cremona – used to visit her aunt, who had Alzheimer’s, almost every day.
“On Monday morning the nursing home called to say that my aunt had died,” she said.
“Knowing that I couldn’t be with her during her last moments is really painful.
“I wish I could have been there to hold her hand, or say ‘thank you’ one last time.”