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.