The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy is already close to 650 thousand, and is likely to reach the mark of 700 thousand people.
The head of the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) Gian Carlo Blangiardo said that against the background of the incredibly rapid spread of coronavirus in Italy, the country recorded the highest death rate.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 reached 647 thousand people, which is more even than in World War II.
“The year 2020 is not over yet, but based on a reasonable estimate, there is every reason to believe that we will cross the threshold of 700,000 deaths. The last time something like this happened was in 1944, at the height of World War II,” Blangiardo stressed in an interview with Rai TV.
Italy was the first European country to come face to face with COVID-19. The mortality rate in Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University, is still the highest in the Old World at 3.5 percent.
Only the British can compete with the Italians. Experts attribute the scale of the outbreak in the Apennines to the delayed response of the authorities to the epidemic, as well as the high age of the local population.
The situation in neighboring countries is not very favorable either. Over the past week, three thousand Germans died of the coronavirus epidemic. Such alarming statistics forced German authorities to declare a hard lockdown from December 16 to January 10.
It is possible that Italy will follow the German example. Italian virologists are warning of a “third wave” of the coronavirus in January 2021. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte immediately reacted to their comments by actually announcing the introduction of a new batch of restrictive measures for the duration of the holidays.
At the same time, the head of the Italian Cabinet of Ministers admitted that the vaccination of 10-15 million people required to create effective collective immunity could not be carried out before the end of spring 2021.