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So what is the current situation in Italy? All data correct as of 04.00am Sunday 22 Mar 2020. 47,021 cases confirmed, 4,032 deaths. We have seen Italian death rates quoted with percentages as high as 8%. This is not accurate, as testing is not being done except on symptomatic patients. Below we bring you the latest real facts direct from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome.
Total number of deaths from Coronavirus so far this year – 4,032
This is fewer than the usual number of Italian deaths from all causes in four days
99% of deaths were people of retirement age
99% of deaths were of people with pre-existing illnesses
Half of the deceased had three or more pre-existing illnesses
Only 1% had no known existing illnesses
Italy has the second-highest proportion of over-65’s in the world, after Japan. The United Kingdom is 24th on the list. But “The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks, two or three , behind Italy”.
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