The first person to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in Italy, Mattia Maestri, is taking part in a race in memory of coronavirus victims.
The race began on Saturday in Codogno, where Maestri tested positive for COVID-19 on February 21, and it will end on Sunday in Vo’Euganeo, where Italy’s first official COVID-19 death was recorded the same day.
Maestri said the race was a beautiful initiative uniting the two hard-hit cities, and that he was thrilled to be even alive to participate.
“I feel very lucky,” he said.
There have been at least 310,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy and 35,835 deaths.