The need to update the national pandemic plan developed was detected for the first time on February 15, 2020. This is what emerges from the minutes, published today, of the meetings of the coronavirus task force set up at the Ministry of Health when the word pandemic it still did not stand out in the newspapers, which limited themselves to mentioning a mysterious respiratory virus that was spreading in the Wuhan Region.
“Dr. Maraglino (from the Ministry’s Prevention Department, ed.) – reads the minutes of the meeting – highlights the need to update the National Plan for the preparation and response to an influenza pandemic, dating back to 2009”.
The reports of the coronavirus task force relating to the period 22 January-21 February 2020, the date on which the hospitalization of patient one from Codogno, the 38-year-old Mattia Maestri, was disclosed and published on the website of the Ministry of Health. .
The Lazio TAR established the publication of all documents relating to the meetings with a sentence published on May 7, accepting the appeal of the Brothers of Italy deputy Galeazzo Bignami, who had been denied access to the documents.
The ministerial task force, it is indicated in the minutes of the session of 21 January, was established with the task of “coordinating every initiative relating to the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV”.
It met daily and was made up of the Directorate General for Prevention, the other competent Directorates, the Carabinieri of the Nas, the Higher Institute of Health, the Spallanzani, the Maritime, Air and Border Health Offices, Aifa, Agenas and the diplomatic adviser.
According to experts, at the beginning of February 2020 the infection was confined to China and the virus was not circulating either in Italy or in Europe. In addition, in the meeting of February 6, 2020, the Higher Institute of Health indicates that “there is no transmission of the virus before the onset of symptoms” (today we know that this was not the case) and suggests that “a plan be prepared to implement the posts. of intensive care in the event of an epidemic in our country “.
(Unioneonline / L)
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