On 2nd April 2020, there was a total of 115,242 assessed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Italy, with the highest number of cases recorded in Lombardy (25,876)1. In southern Italy, the pandemic started later than in the north; in the Apulia region (south-eastern Italy; population of 4,048,000 residents), the first case was recorded on 26th February. We briefly report on the response of the national and regional blood centres and systems, and of the hospital-based blood centre in Bari to events during the pandemic. [ ... ]



Elvira Grandone - Thrombosis and Haemostasis Unit, Fondazione I.R.C.C.S. “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”, S. Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia), Italy; Ob/Gyn Department of The First I.M. Sechenov Moscow State Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Mario Mastroianno - Scientific Direction, Fondazione I.R.C.C.S. “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”, S. Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia), Italy

Antonella Caroli - Department for the Promotion of Health, Social Wellbeing and Sport for All, Region of Apulia, Bari, Italy

Angelo Ostuni - Immunohematology and Transfusion Medicine Service, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Consorziale Policlinico di Bari, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy; Regional Blood Centre, Bari, Italy

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