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Coronavirus: How many deaths has Italy recorded?

Italy has by far recorded the highest number of deaths from coronoavirus with the country's fatality rate at over 9 percent.

Coronavirus: How many deaths has Italy recorded?
ANGELO CARCONI EFE

Italy has been the worst affected country by the coronavirus pandemic, having recently surpassed China in number of confirmed cases and related deaths.

According to the latest figures available, Italy exceeded 10,000 COVID-19-related deaths. The country’s Civil Protection Agency recorded a surge of 889 deaths in the past 24-hour period, bringing the country’s total to 10,023. That is significantly higher than Spain (5,820) and China (3,295), in second and third, respectively.

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There were 5,974 new cases in Italy, bringing the total to 92,472. Italy now has the second highest number of confirmed cases after the U.S., which overtook China a few days ago and now has 120,076 confirmed cases.

Albanian doctors arrive in Italy to help during the Covid-19 Coronavirus emergency at Leonardo Da Vinci airport in Fiumicino, Rome, Italy, 28 March 2020.

However, the U.S. has registered far fewer deaths (1,993) than Italy, which has a world-leading fatality rate of 9.23%. In comparison the U.S. death rate stands at 1.6%.

Well over half of Italy’s deaths have been recorded in the northern region of Lombardy, where the country’s outbreak began. Lombardy recorded 542 new deaths in last 24-hour period, bringing the total there to 5,944.

Why does Italy have such a high fatality rate?

Experts have pointed to several factors – two of the main ones being Italy's large elderly population, which is more prone to suffer death from the virus, and the fact that the country’s testing methods are not giving a full reflection of the number of people infected.