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Polish medical biologist decorated by Italian president for COVID-19 work

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A Polish medical biologist has been decorated with the Knight's Cross by the President of Italy for his services in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

After the ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Rome, Dr. Maciej Tarkowski who works in Milan’s Sacco hospital told PAP: We, the decorated, are representatives, a kind of symbol of all those involved in the fight against the pandemic. I feel very honoured to be in this group.

“When receiving the distinction, my thoughts were with those fighting the coronavirus, the pandemic in Poland.

“All those who are involved in this battle everywhere, those on the front line, and therefore mainly doctors, deserve gratitude and not words of complaint.”

Dr. Tarkowski is a member of the awarded team of researchers who isolated the Italian strain of coronavirus from patients from Codogno in the Lodi province in Lombardy, where the first case of infection in Italy was confirmed on February 20.

The group of distinguished scientists also includes: Claudia Balotta, Gianguglielmo Zehender, Arianna Gabrieli, Annalisa Bergna and Alessia Lai.

In a speech referring to the second wave of the epidemic, Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella said: 'It seems that a new wave of crisis is approaching, and this requires confidence that the country will be able to overcome it.

“We have to face it with therapy, commitment and good organization, knowing that we are better prepared than in March and April, when this phenomenon was unknown.

“We have to do our part to avoid repeating the situation from spring,” he added.

The Orders were given to doctors and other medical staff, researchers and citizens who distinguished themselves service during the epidemic crisis in Italy.

From Rome, Sylwia Wysocka (PAP)

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