Too many relief workers treated like spreaders says Italian Red Cross

Execrable intimidations on return from red xones

(ANSA) - Rome, March 31 - Too many Italian relief volunteers are being threatened with the sack or with reprisals by neighbours in the false belief they are spreading the coronavirus, the head of the Italian Red Cross (CRI), Francesco Rocca, said Tuesday.
    "They are being subjected to execrable intimidation on their return from the red zones," he said.
    "This stigma is intolerable, absurd and to say the least self-harming, seeing that it is perpetrated to the detriment of those who are taking care of the whole country, unstintingly and with an incredible tenacity," Rocca said.
    The CRI is largely made up of unpaid volunteers who take time off from their work and family to provide aid and relief.

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