Russian military specialists and their Italian colleagues disinfected retirement homes in the town of Leffe in the Lombardy region on Sunday as part of the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, three nursing homes in the town, altogether more than 12,000 square metres, were completely disinfected.

Russian military epidemiologist Victor Kolesnikov mentioned said it was important to regularly disinfect the facilities.

"The first essential thing is to control the flow of medical personnel, so that clean streams do not intersect with dirty ones. Exit from the medical facility must be carried out through a sanitary pass," he said.

Italian doctor Viola Bonfati thanked the Russian team and expressed her hope that the cooperation "can go on in the future for a medical reason."

Italy has had over 97,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, out of which over 10,000 people died.

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Associated Press 11 May 2020 11:44 CEST

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