Deaths in Italy register a 39% increase during the pandemic

Don Alessandro Campanella blesses a coffin in a hearse at monumental cemetery of Staglieno, which is currently closed to the public, in Genoa, Italy. EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO

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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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