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Research Letter
July 20, 2020

Comparison of Reported Deaths From COVID-19 and Increase in Total Mortality in Italy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Promotion, Mother and Child Care, Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties, University of Palermo, Italy
  • 2Department of Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • 3Medical Center Santagostino, Milan, Italy
  • 4IRCCS Ca’ Granda Foundation, Hospital Maggiore Policlinic, Milan, Italy
  • 5Department of Clinical Science and Community Health, University of Milan, Italy
JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.2543

Soon after the first patients with coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Italy in February 2020, a severe epidemic developed.1 The greatest concentration of cases has been in Lombardy, a region of northern Italy with a population of 10 million in 2019. As of the end of April 2020, there had been 27 682 reported deaths from COVID-19 in Italy, compared with 26 097 in the UK, 24 543 in Spain, 4637 in China, and 60 966 in the US.2

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    1 Comment for this article
    Current data on deaths in Italy from COVID-19
    Maurizio Rainisio, Degree (old italian) Math | AbaNovus srl
    Current data on deaths provided by ISTAT concen deaths in 7,537 municipalities in Italy (95%) spanning from January 1st to May 31st.
    The data reported in this paper refer to 1,698 municipalities and do not go beyond April 4th.
    The excess deaths became lack of deaths in the second half of May.
    It will be very interesting to find out how this developed in June; new data should become available in a few days.