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WSJ: Italy's Coronavirus Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported

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A car of the Italian State Police  stands guard at the limit between Italy and The Vatican's St. Peter's Square and its basilica in Rome on April 1, 2020, during the country's lockdown . (Tixiana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:30 PM

Italy’s official death toll from the coronavirus is far higher than reported due to limited time and resources, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Italy currently has the largest number of coronavirus deaths, about 13,155, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 110,000 people have been infected.

But the death toll could be far higher as many people die unseen and, therefore, uncounted, and collecting data has become more challenging as the pandemic, one of the largest threats to the global economy and financial markets, has shown little signs of abating.

“There are many more dead than are officially declared. But this is not a j’accuse. People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited,” Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, told the Journal.

In the hardest-hit area around the city of Bergamo, some 4,500 people died of coronavirus in March, according to data analysis firm InTwig, while only 2,060 were included in the data provided by the Civil Protection Agency.

Most of the elderly victims died in their homes or in nursing homes and, because they never made it to hospital, were never tested for the virus, according to the study based on data from doctors and overseen by a professor at Bergamo University.

Separate data from national statistics office ISTAT showed deaths in the north of Italy doubled in the first three weeks of March compared with the average during the same period between 2015 and 2019, reflecting the onset of coronavirus.

In Bergamo, fatalities more than quadrupled, while they increased between two- and three-fold in several other Lombardy cities. In some small towns at the heart of the outbreak deaths were up 10-fold this year compared with 2019.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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