EU medical teams deployed to Italy

FILE PHOTO: A patient wearing a protective face mask is helped by medical personnel inside the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/

A team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and Norway, deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to Milan and Bergamo to help Italian medical staff working to battle the coronavirus.

Via this mechanism, Austria has also offered over 3,000 litres of disinfectant to Italy said in a statement the European Commission (EC) which will coordinate and co-finance this assistance.

The Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen said that the nurses and doctors, who left their homes to help their colleagues in other Member States are the true faces of European solidarity.

Von der Leyen also said that the European Commission is doing everything it can to help Italy and all our Member States at this time of great need.

On Monday, Italy received a delivery of personal protective equipment coordinated through the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre.

Several member states have also sent protective equipment such as masks, overalls and ventilators to Italy, as well as taking Italian patients for treatment in their countries.