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On February 20, 2020, a young man in the Lombardy region of Italy was admitted with an atypical pneumonia that later proved to be COVID-19. In the next 24 hours there were 36 more cases, none of whom had contact with the first patient or with anyone known to have COVID-19. This was the beginning of one of the largest and most serious clusters of COVID-19 in the world. Despite aggressive containment efforts, the disease continues to spread and the number of affected patients is rising. The case-fatality rate has been very high and is dominated by very old patients. This Infographic shows the most recent statistics emerging from Italy regarding the country’s experience with COVID-19.
Sources: Adapted from the COVID-19 Task Force of the Department of Infectious Diseases and the IT Service Instituto Superiore di Sanità.
Livingston E, Bucher K. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy. JAMA. Published online March 17, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4344
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