According to Prof Walter Ricciardi, scientific adviser to Italy’s minister of health, the country’s mortality rate is far higher due to demographics – the nation has the second oldest population worldwide – and the manner in which hospitals record deaths.
But Prof Ricciardi added that Italy’s death rate may also appear high because of how doctors record fatalities.
“The way in which we code deaths in our country is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus.
“On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 percent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 percent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity – many had two or three,” he says.
Other experts have also expressed skepticism about the available data. Martin McKee, professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says that countries do not yet have a good indication of how many mild infections they have.
An Italian politician went one step further.
A member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies has hit out at the country’s leadership for its response to the Covid-19 claiming that the death toll has been greatly exaggerated and that the pandemic is being used to “establish a dictatorship”.
Vittorio Sgarbi who is a member of the Forza Italia party slammed the closure of 60% of Italian businesses for 25,000 Chinese-Coronavirus deaths from the floor of the legislature.
In his fiery speech to the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Vittorio Sgarbi, claimed that 25,000 people did not die in Italy from Covid-19 and that according to the country’s Higher Institute of Health 96.3% of those whose deaths were put down to Coronavirus actually died from other diseases.
Deputy Sgarbi also implored the government not to use the deaths from Covid-19 for “rhetoric and terrorism”.
He compared Italy to Germany and said that Italy had “once again been humiliated by Germany even in illness”. Germany had one of the laxest responses to the Covid-19 pandemic of all major European powers and has proportionately had very few deaths relative to other countries.
In other parts of the world including the United States, politicians have been accused of using the Coronavirus to seize greater powers and impose and Orwellian control grid on the public.
If further testing finds more asymptomatic cases spreading undetected, the mortality rate will drop.
A new study found that 86% of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic. The carriers have no idea they are infected but can still spread it.
This study lowers the mortality rate more.
According to a new study by the journal Science — 6 of 7 coronavirus victims, or 86% of infections, were undocumented.
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