Mbanda jumps from the back row to the coronavirus front line

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Mbanda jumps from the back row to the coronavirus front line

Italian flanker, who volunteers as an ambulance driver, describes horrific scenes in one of the hardest hit cities

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Italian international Maxime Mbanda has leapt from the back row on the rugby pitch to the front line in the fight against the coronavirus, becoming a volunteer ambulance driver in Parma, and bears witness to a frightening reality on the pandemic.

Last Saturday, Mbanda was scheduled to face England in front of 60,000 people in Rome for his 21st Italian cap, but that match, like so many others, has been postponed. Instead, wearing a mask and protective suit, he went out again as an ambulance driver with other volunteers from the Yellow Cross in Parma, in Emilia-Romagna, one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus.

On Monday, Italy’s death toll stood at 5,476...

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