When the Milan resident Antonia Mortensen was pulled over by the police when he was driving recently, it was not for a traffic violation. It was to instruct her fellow passengers to sit in the back of the car and check that both had face masks.
Italy’s death toll is now the highest in the world at 10 023. Killed passed the gloomy milestone on Saturday, with an increase of 889 since the last figures were released on Friday, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.
With 92,472 confirmed cases, Italy appears to have the highest death rate on the planet. Compare that to China, the epidemic of the pandemic, which has about the same number of confirmed cases at 81,999, but under one-third as many deaths, at 3,304, according to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.
Italy now has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the world after the US, which stands at more than 120,000. But the US has a fraction of the deaths, just over 2,200.
When Italy enters its sixth week of restriction, many ask: why does its death rate seem so much higher than other countries?
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