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Italy's COVID-19 death toll could be 19,000 higher

Italy's COVID-19 death toll could be 19,000 higher

May 23, 2020

Rome (Italy), May 23: Italy's death toll from the new coronavirus in March and April could be nearly 19,000 higher than the official figure.
The Italian government announced almost 28,000 people had died of the virus over those two months.
But the country's social security agency reported on Thursday that there were about 47,000 more deaths compared to the average figure for the same period between 2015 and 2019.
It says the average number this year in northern regions hit hard by the outbreak was nearly double.
The agency attributed a large portion of the deaths to the epidemic.
It has been said the country's death toll doesn't include those who died of the virus at home or in nursing care facilities.
Source: NHK World