Coronavirus: Deaths in Italy up 39% says ISTAT

Rise of 25,354 in period from Feb 20 to March 31 reports agency

(ANSA) - Rome, May 8 - Some 25,354 more people died in Italy between February 20 and March 31 this year than in the last few years, a 39% rise, ISTAT said Friday.
    "Just over half are due to the COVID-19 virus," the stats agency said.
    The data come from 6,866 municipalities, ISTAT President Giancarlo Blangiardo told a press conference organised by the Higher Health Institute (ISS).
    "This is not a sample but a well thought out selection, to give the most complete picture possible of the situation", he said.


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