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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Rizzo M, Foresti L, Montano N. Comparison of Reported Deaths From COVID-19 and Increase in Total Mortality in Italy. JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.2543
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