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Geneva/Rome, 7 May 2020 – This Friday, 8 May, on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), will visit Italy’s first COVID-19 “red zone” in Codogno (Lodi province) to meet with Red Cross volunteers who provided medical care and support to people affected by the pandemic.

Codogno is in the first area which went in lockdown for the virus at the end of February: Italian Red Cross local branch never stopped its support to the population.

President Rocca will hold a press briefing to speak about the COVID-19 response and to thank all the Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers working to support people across the globe.

He said: “This 8th of May is dedicated to celebrating and paying tribute to all our volunteers and staff who are relentlessly fighting against COVID-19 and supporting people through other major crises in every part of the world.

“It is a true honor for me to spend World Red Cross and Red Crescent day with our Italian frontline to show solidarity and thank all our women and men in the field.”

Press Conference:

When:  Friday, 8 May 2020, 3.30pm (Italian time)

Where: Italian Red Cross local branch of Codogno – via dei Mulini 10 – Codogno (LO)

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In Geneva: Tommaso Della Longa, +41 79 708 43 67, tommaso.dellalonga@ifrc.org

In Rome: Alessandra Filograno, +39 334 6837712, alessandra.filograno@cri.it

In Codogno (Lo): Carla Cace, +39 339 3799028, carla.cace@cri.it

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