Almost 8,000 doctors of different ages have responded to the Italian government’s desperate call for help to create a special task force that will help hospitals face the coronavirus pandemic.

Italian doctors and nurses have been working extremely long hours to assist and heal thousands of Italians infected with the virus.

Italy is the worst-hit country globally, with a record death toll of 4,825 and over 42,000 cases, according to the latest data.

Italian doctors and nurses have paid a high personal toll, as at least 18 doctors have died so far due to the coronavirus contagion.

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