The Statistics Behind Italy’s High Death Rate

As the new center of the global pandemic, Italy has suffered over 4,000 deaths. The death toll is the highest in the world, leading many people to wonder why Italy seems particularly hard hit by the deadly virus.

Now, Italy’s national Istituto Superiore di Sanità has released a statistical breakdown of the victims. The data behind the pandemic changes daily, but the report analyses the information available through 17 March.

The report finds:

  • The average age of those infected with coronavirus is 63 years old.
  • The average age of those who die from COVID-19 in Italy is 79.5 years old.
  • 30% of victims are female, while 70% of those who pass away are male.
  • Over 70% of those who have died had two or more existing underlying conditions.
  • Every victim under the age of 50 who passed away had at least one preexisting condition.
  • In terms of symptoms, 77% of those who died had a fever and 74% experienced difficulty breathing.
  • Looking at deaths by region, the highest tolls have been in Lombardy (71.1% of deaths) and Emilia-Romagna (17.3% of victims).

Italy has the second oldest population in the world. 22.8% of the population is over the age of 65. Many experts hypothesize that this may be part of the reason the country is experiencing such a surge in deaths from the viral infection.

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