“I would do it all because I acted in science and conscience” – Yesterday some reporters asked the tenant to Palazzo Chigi if by chance you fear to quit being investigated from the meeting with the prosecutors. “I do not fear him at all – Conte replied – I am absolutely available to dutifully inform the prosecutor about all the circumstances of my knowledge”. But if he went back, would the prime minister order the red zone for those municipalities that have become a symbol of the epidemic? “No, because I acted in science and consciousness”. The hearings of Conte, Lamorgese and Speranza will all be aimed at rebuilding the days of indecision at the beginning of March: there were the dead we kept increasing, there wasBergamo hospital already under pressure and then those coffins taken away by the army. Yet the ordinance to isolate the area between Nembro and Alzano in the Bergamo area, as had happened for the municipalities of Lodi, it never came, despite the military being ready to block the access routes to the two centers. Failure to establish the red area has been the subject of controversy, but it has also become an investigation file. The government could have ordered it, but also the governor Attilio Fontana, emulating his colleague Stefano Bonaccini. “TO Medicine, we made the red zone at night, it was a difficult political decision, and then we informed the government that it allowed us to do it, “said the governor of Emilia-Romagna yesterday.
The investigation – In Lombardy it did not happen. So whoever decided not to close Nembro and Alzano, 24 thousand inhabitants, 400 companies, 3,700 employees and 680 million euros per year in turnover? And did he do it out of negligence, out of political choice or because the pressures of the business lobby were too strong? After reconstructing what happened in the days between 3 and 7 March, also using all the documentation and correspondence collected between the Higher Institute of Health, the central and regional governments, the prosecutors should determine whether these were acts to be pigeonholed in political choices or whether or not there are criminal liability, what the offense hypothesis is, and by whom.
The reconstruction from February 27 to March 3 – In this regard, the reconstructions of public statements give an idea of what happened in the offending weeks. The series begins on February 27, when the Lombardy Welfare Councilor Giulio Gallera he says he was “looking carefully at the Alzano Lombardo area” even if “at the moment”, he said, “there is no hypothesis to introduce new red areas”. The hypothesis becomes concrete on March 3. “We asked the Istituto Superiore di Sanità to make assessments and suggest the best strategies to us and the government,” said the commissioner at a press conference. And just on March 3 the Technical scientific committee he says that the closure of the area would have been necessary. Hence the request for further information from Prime Minister Conte to know if it would have been enough or if all of Lombardy should be closed.
Brusaferro and the army: March 5 – Two days later, the March 5, Silvio Brusaferro, president of the Higher Institute of Health – already questioned by prosecutors from Bergamo – replies that the red zone in Alzano and Nembro must be done. Testifying that we are more than thinking of delimiting the area are the reports of the inhabitants of the area on arrival army and law enforcement. On 5 March, Gallera announced that after the request of the “experts from the Istituto di Sanità”, the Region gave “consent but now the government has to make its assessments“. And he is always the one to blur out the next day: “the ISS had made a specific request to the government. If this response had come three days ago, it would have avoided leaving citizens uncertain. ”
No red zone: March 8 – Uncertainty ends the8th of March when a decree of the Prime Minister, which comes into force on 9, decides the closure of all Lombardy and 14 provinces. Not in “red zone” mode, but in a less restrictive version, which was renamed “orange area“. From there the controversy broke out about the failure to establish the red zone in the middle Val Seriana. On April 2 the governor Attilio Fontana, in response to the letter from some mayors, including that of Bergamo Giorgio Gori, on the management of the emergency explains that “once it was ascertained that the areas of Alzano Lombardo and Nembro”, in the Bergamasco, “were configured as cluster, we asked the government in vain. ” “I was asked if the governor of Lombardy could take more restrictive orders and we replied that we didn’t stop doing it – the Prime Minister pointed out on April 6th Giuseppe Conte -, other governors did. the establishment of new Red Zones including those Municipalities “. Now the question is on the Bergamo prosecutors’ table than on this one have already listened to Fontana and Gallera. Today it’s up to Conte.