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Italian Paramedic Reportedly Dies after Contracting COVID-19

A man adjusts his face mask as he walks past a mural of a crying woman in Rome’s Trullo neighborhood, Monday, March 16, 2020. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

A 47-year-old paramedic has reportedly died in Italy after contracting COVID-19.

Diego Bianco died Friday at a property he shared with his wife and their eight-year-old son, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera first reported.

Bianco lived and worked in Lombardy, a part of the country hit hard by the virus, metro.co.uk reported. Most of his colleagues were  sent home to self-isolate after experiencing symptoms of the virus.

“Diego was a trained worker, a rescuer who has always used personal protective equipment, was not elderly and did not have any other diseases,” his union representative said.

Paramedics are one of the highest at risk of infection of any profession, according to a report in the New York Times.