Italy Nears Gruesome Milestone: More COVID-19 Deaths Than China

A medical worker wearing a face mask brings a patient in an ambulance arriving at the new coronavirus intensive care unit of the Brescia Poliambulanza hospital, Lombardy, on March 17, 2020. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI ... A medical worker wearing a face mask brings a patient in an ambulance arriving at the new coronavirus intensive care unit of the Brescia Poliambulanza hospital, Lombardy, on March 17, 2020. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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ROME — Italy is on track to surpass China in the number of coronavirus-related deaths, a gruesome milestone that is being blamed on the country’s large elderly population, its overwhelmed health care system and the delayed imposition of complete lockdown measures across the epicenter, Lombardy.

Italy registered 2,978 deaths on Wednesday after another 475 people died. Given Italy has been averaging more than 350 deaths since March 15, it is likely to overtake China’s 3,249 dead when Thursday’s figures are released.

U.N. and Italian health authorities have cited a variety of reasons for Italy’s high toll, key among them its large elderly population, who are particularly susceptible to developing serious complications from the virus. Italy has the world’s second oldest population after Japan’s and the vast majority of Italy’s dead — 87% — were over age 70.

In addition, virtually all of Italy’s dead had one or more underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, cancer, hypertension or renal insufficiency.

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  1. Purportedly we are tracking with Italy and roughly a month behind their progression…early initial response here could put America in a dire situation over the next couple weeks…good luck all…

  2. When Trump LIES + DELAYS testing because of his numbers and re-election, Americans get infected, lose their jobs and some DIES in a similar situation like Italy!

    Follow WHO and CDC guidelines and FFS, stay at home whenever possible to NOT spread the virus and help flatten the curve!

  3. Avatar for henk henk says:

    I’ve been hearing 2 weeks behind them, but who knows, when you don’t test people it also keeps the death rate lower.

  4. Avatar for noonm noonm says:

    A little old, but probably still in the ballpark. On March 10th, we were roughly 11 days behind Italy. Two weeks is good rough estimate.

    Due to our lack of coordinated national response, I expect to see differences between states.

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