Italy’s death toll from coronavirus could be nearly 19,000 higher than the official figure of more than 32,000, according to officials.
The country’s largest social security and welfare institute has said in a new study that the death figures used by the government were not “reliable”. The Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale’s report showed that more than 156,000 deaths were recorded in Italy in March and April – nearly 47,000 higher than the average number for those months recorded between 2015 and 2019.
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But only 28,000 deaths linked to coronavirus were reported during that period by the Civil Protection Agency, whose toll forms the basis of national statistics, the INPS said. That meant there were nearly 19,000 more deaths than normal during this period, with the vast majority, 18,412, recorded in the coronavirus-ravaged north of the country.
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