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Spread of flu virus in Italy “extremely worrying,” hospitals overcrowded

The spread of the flu virus in Italy is “extremely worrying,” the Italian Federation of Health and Hospital Companies (FIASO) has said. The number of flu-related intensive-care unit cases has nearly doubled in the last week, according to a FIASO survey.

Flu cases are rising as coronavirus cases decline, which is having a greater overall impact on the country’s health care system.

“Coronavirus cases are giving way to the flu,” said FIASO President Giovanni Migliore.

Meanwhile, the Italian Society of Emergency Medicine (SIMEU) said that hospitals in Rome, Milan, and Turin are becoming over-crowded, creating queues in non-emergency situations.

“We are trying to guarantee the service, but we are in a very difficult situation,” said Fabio de Laco, president of SIMEU. He added that an increase in respiratory problems among the elderly is a leading factor behind the increase in flu cases.

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